Gerard Grim to Lead Mary Baldwin Annual Giving Effort

August 4, 2004

Gerard Grim returned to John Carroll University — his alma mater — twice to aid the institution with fundraising and alumni relations, but after spending most of his professional life in Ohio, he recognized it was time for change. Grim has been named director of the annual fund at Mary Baldwin, making the move to Virginia with his wife Dorothy.

“Great things have happened at Mary Baldwin and they will continue to happen,” said Grim, who most recently served as the director of the annual fund and reunion giving at John Carroll. “As a development officer, I needed to stay fresh and being in a new and exciting environment gives me that reinvigoration.”

Grim earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at John Carroll and his teaching certificate at Cleveland State University. He worked in sales and marketing for private industries, including Fortune 500 companies, and as a producer and daily co-host on a Cleveland-based radio station, between tenures in development positions at John Carroll University.

Grim wants to continue the college’s mission of personalizing communication with alumnae/i in an effort to raise the percentage of graduates who contribute to the annual fund to at least 40 percent — the rate held as a standard by the nation’s top colleges, he said.

“Gerry Grim brings to Mary Baldwin a long track record of successful leadership experiences in both higher education and industry. His strong work ethic, managerial skills, and deep knowledge of annual fund operations and techniques make him a welcome addition to our development team,” said Thomas E. Piazze Jr., vice president for institutional advancement at Mary Baldwin.