Wayne State University
Denise  Thomas
Denise Thomas
Director of Development
(313) 577-4141


B.A., Andrews University


Thomas has more than two decades of fundraising experience, with special expertise in strategic management, donor/volunteer relationships, and closing commitments at all levels, from annual gifts to major gifts. She most recently worked at University of Michigan, where she was senior director of development for the Alumni Association and gift officer for the Office of Financial Aid. At U-M, she established the first development program for the Alumni Association, raised millions of dollars in scholarship support, completed fundraising for $4 million in capital projects and established the infrastructure for a professional development program.

Prior to working at U-M, Thomas held development positions at the University of Dayton, two private K-12 schools, and a science and natural history museum.

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