Vice President of Advancement, Innovation and Strategy
Areas of Expertise:
- Fundraising: Why People Give
- Non-Profit Governance: The Secret to Great Organizations and Boards
- How Do You Get People to Own Their Communities (community development)
- Secrets to Fundraising Success
- Charitable Foundations in Social Change
- Understanding the Trends in US Higher Education
- Why We Have Made It 150 Years - The Lakeland College Story
Dr. Ken Strmiska, who has been at Lakeland for more than five years, is the vice president for advancement, innovation and strategy at the college. Strmiska's areas of responsibility include fundraising, alumni relations, marketing and institutional strategy. Prior to Lakeland, he was the managing director - community foundation services at the Council on Foundations in Washington, D.C. and the president and CEO of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation.
Strmiska has a Doctorate in Educational Administration from North Carolina State University, where his research concentrated on fundraising and philanthropy. In addition to the Ed.D., he has a bachelor's degree in music performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's in business with a concentration in non-profit studies from the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Strmiska has been active in the international movement of community foundations and is a German Marshall Fund Transatlantic Community Foundation Fellow. His areas of expertise include fundraising, community leadership, foundation leadership and philanthropy. He has taught fundraising courses at St. Norbert College (Wis.), North Carolina State University and the Duke University Nonprofit Certificate Program. He is the author of "Fundraising: A Guide for Polish Community Foundations (Strmiska, 2004)." His most recent collaborative publication was "Economic Devastation, Renewal, and Growth: Community Foundations as Catalysts for Change (Millesen, Strmiska & Ahrent: 2007)."
Strmiska serves as the treasurer for Wisconsin International School in De Pere, Wis., is a board member of the Bridge Between Retreat Center and an advisor for INSPIRE Sheboygan.