Brian Sischo leads a comprehensive University Advancement organization that incorporates University Development, Alumni Engagement, University Communications and Marketing, and Advancement Services with a hybrid team of more than 250 staff who are embedded centrally and within colleges/units across campus. The organization is responsible for strengthening relationships with alumni, donors, and friends to elevate the NC State brand and build a culture of philanthropy.
Under Sischo’s leadership, NC State launched the most ambitious fundraising campaign in university history, a $1.6 billion effort to increase scholarship support, fund research and faculty positions, create and revitalize campus infrastructure and increase the university’s endowment. At the campaign’s completion on December 31, 2021, more than 133,000 donors from all 100 counties in North Carolina, all 50 states and 73 countries had helped the university raise more than $2.1 billion. Sischo has implemented universitywide engagement initiatives such as Red and White Week, a Women in Philanthropy program and a robust volunteer Campaign Cabinet to connect alumni and friends with NC State.
Prior to joining NC State, Sischo served as vice president for development at Syracuse University, where he spearheaded the planning, implementation and successful conclusion of the university’s first-ever $1 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign. Before joining Syracuse in 2001, Sischo worked for ten years at his alma mater, Clarkson University, where he served as the chief development officer and led two successful capital campaigns. Sischo earned a B.S. in finance and a master’s degree in management systems from Clarkson.