Jean-Marie Kneeley

Vice Dean for AdvancementNon-Resident Senior Fellow


The vice dean for advancement has responsibility for external relations and fund-raising for Penn Arts & Sciences and is directly responsible for the planning and implementation of a comprehensive program of alumni relations, fundraising, and public relations on behalf of the School. Reporting directly to the dean with a dual reporting line to the University’s vice president for development and alumni relations, she also serves as a member of the vice president’s senior management team, working closely with members of the administration, trustees, and overseers.

Kneeley served as a regional campaign director for Penn in New York City from 1989 to 1993. She was named director of development in Penn Arts and Sciences in 1993 and vice dean in 1995. Prior to coming to Penn, she held senior fundraising positions at the Metropolitan Opera, Columbia University, and The Cooper Union. She is a graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University.