Patton Vo

Director of Reunion Giving, University Advancement

About Me

Focused on excellence and with diversity and inclusion in his blood, Patton (he/him) gravitates naturally to wanting to make a real difference.  As the Director of Reunion Giving, a newly created role for the University, Patton is responsible for designing and implementing the framework for the 12 reunion classes while executing meaningful, strategic programs to increase overall alumni engagement and philanthropic support. 

Patton came to Arcadia from Swarthmore College, the third-best liberal arts college in the nation (US News & World Report, 2020), where he held two progressively advancing roles, one focused on young alumni and parent engagement and the other on athletics giving. His achievement culminated in significant increases in giving which led to the naming of three new vital community spaces for Swarthmore Athletics while shepherding the college across campaign finish line of $440M. Prior to Swarthmore, he served his alma mater, Widener University, first as an intern followed by his appointment as the Assistant Director of Development. There, he played  an integral role in a number of special programs designed to increase the philanthropic engagement of students and young alumni while helping to conclude Widener's most successful fundraising campaign, Taking the Lead, raising over $64M and surpassing it's goal by $6M.

Patton has been recognized by both the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), our industry’s professional association, and Widener for his leadership. Most notably in 2019, he was named CASE Rising Star for the Mid-Atlantic region, honoring his commitment and contributions to the industry thus far. Patton balances his professional life with a robust volunteer schedule that includes Widener, the Human Rights Campaign, Stonewall Sports Philadelphia, and CASE. Patton says, “A great day is one that brings me close to kin and would include reading books, exploring nature, and playing competitive volleyball." 

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