Hicks Named Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Daemen

By | November 15, 2022
Daemen University VP of Instritutional Advancement Mario Hicks

Dr. Mario Hicks

Daemen University has announced the appointment of Dr. Mario Hicks, an accomplished fundraising professional with a decade of experience in fundraising, as vice president for institutional advancement. His appointment is effective December 14.

In this role, Hicks will oversee the university’s advancement program which includes annual giving, alumni relations, leadership giving and strategic data management. 

“Dr. Hicks will be a valuable addition to our strong executive leadership team, and I look forward to working with him to further Daemen’s prominence as a college of national distinction,” said President Gary A. Olson. “He brings to this position strong ties to the Western New York community, as well as proven success in leading advancement efforts.”

Hicks comes to Daemen from the YMCA Buffalo Niagara, where he served as vice president of financial development. He led their fundraising efforts securing $1.4 million annually for the YMCA programs and families. Hicks is also at the helm of their current $25 million campaign. Prior to the YMCA, Hicks served in advancement positions leading both annual and leadership giving efforts at Unyts, Buffalo State College, and Trocaire College.

“It’s an exciting time to join Daemen,” said Hicks. “I am honored to serve at a university that helps its students reach their full potential.” 

Hicks is a certified fundraising professional and holds fundraising certifications from Boston University and Lily School of Philanthropy.

He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Buffalo State College, an MBA from the University of New Haven and a doctorate in business management from George Fox University.

A Western New York native, Hicks resides in Williamsville.