President Thanks Ken Alexo for His Dedication to Drew, 6/23/17.


President Thanks Ken Alexo for His Dedication to Drew, 6/23/17

I write today to announce that, after 16 years of dedicated service to the University, Ken Alexo will be leaving Drew in order to become the vice president for development & alumni relations at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and the president of the NJIT Foundation. Ken’s last day at Drew will be August 7.

Along with many others in the extended Drew community, I will miss Ken’s leadership, hard work, and advocacy for the University. But I recognize that the NJIT position is a wonderful opportunity for him to further build on his experience as both a fundraiser and a senior administrator.

Ken joined Drew in 2001 to serve as the associate director of corporate & foundation relations, and shortly after was promoted with additional responsibility for government relations. Prior to his appointment as vice president in 2013, he managed the planning and launch of the silent phase of the $80 million One and All campaign, secured its first two seven-figure gifts, and initiated a major restructuring of the Office of University Advancement.

Under Ken’s leadership, the University’s development and alumni relations program has grown considerably and accomplished much. Since I have been at Drew, I have seen Ken lead his organization to bolster alumni engagement, improve alumni giving, build strategic partnerships with various foundations, corporations, and organizations, increase overall private philanthropic support, and successfully close the One and All campaign, surpassing its goal by $5.4 million. Throughout his tenure at Drew, Ken has been involved in raising more than $70 million from individuals, corporations, and foundations, and close to $20 million in state and federal government grants.

When he told me about his decision to take the NJIT position, Ken shared with me that Drew has been much more than an employer these past 16 years and his decision to take the position at NJIT was an extraordinarily difficult one. He is very grateful for his time at Drew and has considered himself privileged to have worked with so many talented, hardworking, and wonderful colleagues.

I am pleased that Beth Kornstein, assistant vice president for university advancement, will serve as interim vice president upon Ken’s departure. We are very fortunate to have Beth on board, and I am confident that Drew’s advancement efforts will continue to flourish under her expert leadership. I thank her for agreeing to step into this role. I expect to commence a search during the fall semester.

Please join me in thanking Ken for his outstanding service throughout his 16-year tenure at Drew, and in wishing him all the best in his new position at NJIT.



MaryAnn Baenninger
President of Drew University