Jonathan D. Meer
Jonathan Meer came to Monmouth University in March of 2018 to lead the Division of University Advancement, which works to further the University’s academic mission by fostering meaningful and lasting relationships that promote advocacy, pride, and philanthropy.
Meer is responsible for the overall management, strategy and direction of University Advancement, which includes defining the strategies and setting the goals and objectives related to comprehensive development initiatives.
Prior to coming to Monmouth, Meer served as vice president at Rider University, Lawrenceville, N.J., from 2005 to 2018. At Rider, he was responsible for the management of development, alumni relations, and communications activities on the university’s two campuses. Overseeing a staff of 30, he served as secretary of the university, senior advisor on trustee nominations, as well as the primary staff person for the trustee committee on university advancement. He also served as chair of Rider’s sesquicentennial, helping the university celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2015. Serving in volunteer leadership and board roles within a variety of civic organizations has been a staple of Meer’s career. At present, he serves as a board member and former chair of the board of the Trenton YMCA. In recent years he has enjoyed presenting on a variety of fundraising topics at regional conferences.
In 2000, Meer was recruited by the University of the Pacific to serve as vice president for university advancement. There he directed the efforts of a 42-person advancement division, planning and implementing all aspects of a $200 million campaign. As vice president, he staffed the advancement committee of the board of regents. Beyond his fundraising responsibilities, Meer oversaw the university’s alumni relations and communications offices. He served as chair for the university’s marketing committee that introduced new university logos, seals and wordmarks. Additionally, he served on the university’s sesquicentennial committee.
Meer served as regional director of development at Williams College, running campaigns from the Bay Area to Maine. He later became director of development at Berkshire School, where he oversaw a number of functions, including the annual fund. In 1994, Meer relocated to California where he worked as executive assistant to the president of Whittier College. There he performed chief of staff duties that included board secretary functions, speech writing, and community relations. He later became executive director of development, overseeing annual giving, grant writing, communications, and athletics fundraising within Whittier’s $70 million campaign.
Meer attended Williams College where he majored in political science and American studies. Graduating in 1983, he spent a half-dozen years in the field of human resources, with a focus on recruiting, before commencing a career in advancement in 1989.
B.A., Williams College