Dr. R. Mark Dillon is Vice President for Advancement at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. He holds the Ph.D. in Philanthropy and Leadership from The Union Institute (Cincinnati, Ohio), the Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Illinois), and the B.A. from Bethel University (St. Paul, Minnesota). He has been a successful Chief Development officer for 28 years, the past 17 at Wheaton College.
Dr. Dillon has spoken on topics related to Giving and Getting at gatherings of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Christian Stewardship Association, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), and the Chief Advancement Officer’s gatherings of the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). He has consulted with numerous colleges, universities, and seminaries in North America as well as a number of churches and nonprofit ministries. He has taught a fundraising and stewardship principles course at the university level.
His dissertation research and publication was funded by the Lilly Endowment, and won honorable mention in the Staley/Robeson/Ryan Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy and Fundraising. In the foreword to Dr. Dillon’s book, Advancing Advancement, Robert Payton, then Director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, said, “This short and succinct report is a vade mecum for seminary development. Don’t just read it; wear it out.”
For over 25 years the author has led a team of development professionals, first at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School/Trinity College and for the past 17 years at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. He has engaged with hundreds of thoughtful Christian stewards and ministry leaders. He currently leads a team of 60 which, twice in the past 10 years, has received the CASE Circle of Excellence Award for Educational Fund Raising given to “programs of outstanding educational fund-raising practice to serve as models to others throughout the profession.”
Dr. Dillon and his wife, Susan, live in Wheaton and are the proud parents of three children, Daniel, Joel, and Laura Grace, and grandparents to five precious grandchildren.