About Willamette University

Dennis P. Bergvall

Dennis P. Bergvall

Dennis P. Bergvall joined Willamette University in fall 2012, bringing 29 years of experience and a rich background in higher education fundraising, management and administration to the position of Vice President for Advancement.

Prior to Willamette, Bergvall served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., and he served as CEO of the university's foundation. During eight years at The Citadel, he exceeded the institution’s $100 million campaign goal by eight percent, doubled the rate of giving among young alumni, and restructured annual giving and class gifts to greatly improve participation and total funds raised per year.

Bergvall led admissions at Alma College after serving as dean of both admissions and development over 14 years at the College of Idaho. He began his higher education career as Director of Planned Giving at Whitman College, his alma mater