Executive Profile

Brian 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 when he became the organization’s ninth leader since its founding in 1936.

Hastings has broad experience, ranging from annual giving to principal gifts, including various senior leadership roles. Prior to joining Nebraska in 2012, 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 an active volunteer and leader with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), where he has served on the Board of Trustees, Commission on Philanthropy, and Committee for Institutionally Related Foundations. He currently serves on the US/Canada Regional Council, the District VI Cabinet, and as a co-chair of the CASE Global Reporting Standards Working Group. He also has been a faculty member for various CASE conferences and institutes.

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

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When you make a gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation you can trust that it will be used in the way in which it was intended. That’s a promise we’ve kept with our donors since our organization was founded in 1936.