Executive Profile

Brian F. Hastings

Brian Hastings serves as president and chief executive officer of the University of Nebraska Foundation, an organization that grows relationships and resources that enable the University of Nebraska to change lives and save lives. He has served in this role since 2012.

Hastings has broad experience, ranging from annual giving to principal gifts, including various senior leadership roles. Prior to joining the University of Nebraska Foundation, he served The Ohio State University as senior associate vice president and campaign executive director, assistant vice president for principal gifts, and assistant vice president for development. In his last role there, he worked with university and volunteer leadership to plan and implement Ohio State’s $3 billion comprehensive campaign. Additionally, Hastings previously led the annual giving program at the University of Dayton, Ohio’s largest private university, where he helped double the alumni participation rate in four years. He is proud of having started his university advancement career as a student caller at Ohio State.

Hastings is a longtime volunteer and leader with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He serves on the CASE Board of Trustees, the US/Canada Regional Council, and is chair of its Commission on Philanthropy. He also serves on the District VI Cabinet and has been a faculty member for various CASE conferences and institutes. He recently co-chaired a task force that updated the global reporting standards for the profession.

Hastings is a first-generation college graduate and lifelong Midwesterner. He and his wife, Sharon, have two children and reside in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Oct. 26, 2021

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