Maureen Silva was appointed the Vice President for Advancement at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in July 2010. She oversees fundraising, alumni relations, college communications, and conferences and events.
Silva has a 22-year tenure in the development field, having served in leadership roles in three comprehensive campaigns at the University of Denver (DU), Colorado School of Mines, and Capital University, with $600 million, $125 million, and $60 million campaign goals respectively. She also managed DU’s Morgridge College of Education’s campaign, helping to raise $34M in 18 months, resulting in a new facility and the establishment of two endowed institutes and three endowed chairs.
From 2005 to 2009, Silva served in DU’s development office , most recently as Associate Vice Chancellor & Campaign Director. Prior to joining DU, she served Colorado School of Mines for 10 years, lastly as the Associate Vice President & Assistant Campaign Director. From 1990 to 1995, Silva led the annual giving program during Capital University’s $60M comprehensive campaign. She began her fundraising career in the non-profit sector serving the YWCA of Dayton, Ohio, from 1987 to 1990.
Silva graduated from the University of Denver with a Ph.D. in higher education in August 2010. Her dissertation was titled, “Women Leaders Resolving Conflict in Higher Education: A Feminist Epistemological Perspective.” Silva obtained her master’s of nonprofit management degree from Regis University in 2004. As a full-time employee at the Florida Institute of Technology, Silva pursued her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Communication, graduating in 1986. She began her academic career at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, spending more than three years in a traditional undergraduate program in business finance.
Silva is married to Kenneth Allen. They have two children, Elyssa and Lauren.