Peter Smits

Dr. Peter Smits 
Senior Consultant

Dr. Peter Smits is Vice President Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, where he was responsible for Fresno State’s programs in development and fundraising, university communications, endowment management, and alumni relations. Under Peter’s leadership, Fresno State surpassed the $200 million campaign goal of its first comprehensive campaign, reaching $214.2 million. Prior to Fresno State, Peter served as Vice President for Advancement at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Executive Assistant to the Chancellor at Louisiana State University in Shreveport; Vice President for College Relations and Development at the State University of New York at Brockport, and Dean of Students at The College of White Plains in New York.  Peter is currently a Senior Fellow of CASE International, where his research interests include the ways in which campuses identify, measure, and grow their culture of philanthropy.

Volunteer Highlights (past & present): CASE District VII Board of Directors, CASE Commission on Philanthropy, Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, Central California Honor Flight, United Cerebral Palsy of Central California, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Easter Seal Society.

smits@phoenixphilanthropy.com