Higher Ed Live is excited to welcome our knowledgeable, new host Jon Horowitz, director of market research and impact insights for advancement at Dartmouth College, on Advancement Live.
Jon joins Andy Fuller, Andrew Gossen and Kim Infanti as co-host on Advancement Live.
Jon Horowitz’s experience at the intersection of higher education communications, technology, and engagement propelled him into his current role as director of market research and impact insights for Advancement at Dartmouth College. Jon provides strategic guidance on alumni and constituent relations, communications, and fundraising—and delivers critical market insights to inform Dartmouth’s array of advancement efforts.
Prior to joining Dartmouth, Jon led a consulting firm focused on digital strategy for higher education advancement and engagement, and previously drove digital alumni engagement strategy at Princeton University and Rutgers University. With experience as a team leader, strategic planner, project manager, content developer, and producer across the spectrum of digital, Jon’s panoramic perspective of the digital landscape in higher education advancement and alumni relations is unique. A former editor at The Wall Street Journal and Gannett, Jon holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Media from Rutgers, where he has served as an alumni volunteer since graduation.
“Jon has developed a keen knowledge of what institutions are doing to make digital advancement a reality and has a depth of experience in putting these ideas into practice. We look forward to his sharing his expertise and ideas with his colleagues and the Higher Ed Live audience as a whole. — Michael Stoner, Co-Founder and President, mStoner, Inc.
Get to know Jon
What are you most excited about for this new role?
To shine a spotlight on colleagues who are doing unique and extraordinary things toward advancing advancement, and to challenge advancement professionals to think differently and boldly about our field.
When you have 30 minutes free, how do you pass the time?
Either writing, photographing my wondrous new surroundings in New Hampshire and Vermont, or attempting to build rudimentary Rube Goldberg machines with my son.
If you could have dinner with any famous person (living or dead) who would it be?
A variation of this question asks which six people would you choose, so I’m going to bend the rules here and have a rousing dinner with Dr. Seuss, Mindy Kaling, Robert Frost, Thaddeus Stevens, Fred Rogers, and David Harbour. Any idea what they have in common?
Who is one person that influenced your career?
My 11th grade English teacher, Mr. Moran. I had little confidence in my writing ability entering his class. Math appeared to be my path up until then. But Mr. Moran’s brilliant, inspiring, and at times hilarious teaching methods ignited my passion to be bold and unafraid when thinking critically and writing creatively. It was then I discovered the power of the writer’s voice—my voice. Writing has been integral throughout my career—from my time as editor in chief of my college newspaper to my days working in journalism to my array of communications roles in higher ed. And now, coming full circle, I’m connecting my passion for writing and critical thinking with math in my new role at Dartmouth.
Viewers may recognize Jon from his recent episodes on Advancement Live: The CASE for an Alumni Engagement Metrics Framework. You might also recognize his name as the author of all nine of our blog posts in the Advancement Leader Q+A Blog Post Series.
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