David Loyless brings 20 years of fundraising experience in the field of higher education. He served as the Associate Vice President of Development for both Rice University and Oklahoma State University. David played critical roles in the strategic planning and execution of multiple $1 billion+ comprehensive campaigns. Throughout his development career, David’s responsibilities included board level engagement strategies, principal gift fundraising, oversight of major, planned, and annual gift operations, and the leadership of advancement service operations that included stewardship, event planning, prospect management and research.
Before serving Rice and OSU, David worked as the Director of Development for South Texas at Southern Methodist University. He held responsibility for leading the fundraising effort of SMU’s Unbridled campaign in Houston and the surrounding region. Prior to that, he was Director of Major Gifts at the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and the Director of Annual Giving at Austin College.
Since 2010, David has lead teams of presenters and been an active speaker for CASE and other professional organizations, providing skill development training across the industry. David received a Masters in Business Administration from SMU, after completing his undergraduate degree at Austin College, in Sherman, TX.