Dr. Rodger Devine is the Assistant Vice President for Advancement Operations at Pomona College. In this role, Rodger provides strategic leadership for the college’s development infrastructure, leads a successful annual giving and stewardship strategy, and utilizes data and analytics to drive fundraising success. Serving as a key partner to colleagues in Advancement, Rodger is responsible for the strategic design, development, and implementation of operational functions that provide a foundation for Advancement to achieve its goals in fundraising and constituent engagement.
Rodger previously served as the Associate Dean of External Affairs for Strategy and Innovation at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at the University of Southern California. In this role, Rodger partnered with the Office of Advancement, Office of Communications, Public Exchange, and external-facing constituents to gather business requirements, build roadmaps, and provide executive leadership for decision support, solution delivery, and program innovation. Rodger also collaborated with senior leadership and other university stakeholders to foster a culture of continuous process improvement, collaboration, and innovation. Prior to USC, Rodger served as the Director of Information, Analytics, and Annual Giving at the Michigan Ross School of Business, where he managed information systems, analytics, and business processes related to development strategy, portfolio activity, and goal attainment.
Rodger brings over 20 years of experience in enterprise information technology, business intelligence, organizational development, and cross-functional leadership. Rodger completed his graduate studies in information science at the University of Michigan School of Information, where he currently serves as Alumni Society Board president and was a member of the Michigan Data Sciences team and co-founder of the Student Organization for Data Analytics. Rodger completed his doctoral research in Organizational Change and Leadership at the USC Rossier School of Education with a focus on technological change, workforce development, and organizational learning.
Rodger co-authored Data Science for Fundraising: Build Data-Driven Solutions Using R (2018) and Hands-On Deep Learning with R: A practical guide to designing, building, and improving neural network models using R (2020). Rodger presents at conferences, chairs symposia, designs workshops, and volunteers in various leadership roles and mentorship capacities with non-profit organizations such as the Apra, AASP, and CASE, among others. Rodger looks forward to connecting with other lifelong learners and building diverse and inclusive communities of professional development, expertise, and knowledge sharing across higher education and beyond.