Tomlinson Named Vice President for Institutional Advancement
John G. “Tom” Tomlinson has been appointed vice president for institutional advancement at Occidental College.
The veteran fundraiser, a top development officer at USC since 1980, will begin his new role on March 15.
“Tom is a consummate professional with a long and distinguished record, and we are delighted he will be filling this critical position,” said Occidental President Robert Skotheim. “He brings not only a comprehensive understanding of philanthropy but a background as a historian, teacher, and college trustee gives him an unrivaled understanding of higher education.”
“This is a remarkable opportunity to contribute to an extraordinary liberal arts college,” Tomlinson said. “I look forward to this capstone of my career, helping to deepen and expand the 120-year-old culture of philanthropy at Occidental.”
Tomlinson is currently associate dean for graduate relations and development at USC Law School, where he successfully ran a $75 million capital campaign in conjunction with the law school’s centennial celebration. During his 27 years as a development officer at USC, he also served as the chief fundraiser for university libraries and the College of Letters and Science. Previously, he served as associate dean of the School of Continuing Education at University of La Verne.
As a consultant for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, he has taught seminars on major gift development for deans and development officers across the country, including the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of New Mexico, and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
The Sierra Madre resident graduated from the University of Redlands with history degree, received his master’s in modern European history from UC Irvine, and his Ph.D. in modern European intellectual history and cinema from USC. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at USC, UCLA, Claremont McKenna College and La Verne, among others.
At Redlands, he has served as president of the alumni association and university trustee and is the recipient of the university’s Distinguished Service Award. As an active volunteer, he has served on the boards of the Japanese American National Museum, the Los Angeles Historical Society, the California Social Welfare Archives, and California Trout, for which he also is a streamkeeper.
Tomlinson claims to be an intrepid fly fisherman, a craven mountain climber, and an aggressive but painfully slow 1500 meter runner.