Bonnie Noel Devlin has built her reputation as a strategic and creative thinker, a dynamic trainer, an accomplished manager and a results-oriented leader. She brings all those skills, 35 years of experience, and her passion for the pivotal role education plays in transforming people’s lives to her role as one of WASHBURN & MCGOLDRICK’S principals.
Among her current clients are Denison University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Mercersburg Academy, Ohio Wesleyan University, Davidson College, the Smithsonian Institution, the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, the University of Missouri, and the University of Richmond.
Before joining the firm in 2008, Bonnie served Lehigh University for eight years as Vice President for Advancement. She led a staff of 75 and planned and launched Shine Forever, Lehigh’s $500 million comprehensive campaign that concluded in 2009. Prior to joining Lehigh, Bonnie served the University of Pennsylvania for 14 years.
She was Assistant Vice President during Penn’s Agenda for Excellence campaign, focusing on endowed scholarships, minority programs and faculty chairs. As Director of Development for Schools & Centers during Penn’s landmark $1.4-billion campaign in the early 1990s, she worked as “in-house” consultant to Penn’s deans and center directors and to the unit development officers. When she first joined Penn in 1985, she was a school development officer for Penn’s School of Nursing and the School of Social Policy and Practice. Bonnie began her career in 1980 as a capital campaign assistant at Emerson College in Boston before joining Hahnemann Medical School & Hospital in Philadelphia (now part of Drexel University) in 1982, first as development assistant and then assistant director of development.
Bonnie holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies summa cum laude from Dickinson College and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She served on the Dickinson College Alumni Council from 1999 to 2006 and served 14 years on the board of Holy Child Academy in Drexel Hill, including 3 years as board chair. She is a member of the Daylesford Abbey’s development council in Paoli, PA.