Jason Kroll Bio

Jason Kroll

Vice President for Advancement and Chief Strategy Officer

University Advancement and Strategic Initiatives

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For 27 years, Jason has helped nonprofit and for-profit organizations solve critical needs by meticulously curating a deep, holistic understanding of the functions of large, complex organizations, instilling a collaborative, people-centric, metric-driven, communicative, and transparent culture fundamentally rooted in an entrepreneurial mindset, mission-driven persona and servant leadership philosophy. He values trust as the head cornerstone in building long-term, productive relationships.

Jason has played the lead or key role in capital campaigns of $1 billion, $600 million, $100 million, and $60 million. He has closed seven-figure gifts in areas ranging from Neuroscience to the Arts. He played a pivotal role during the most successful period in Rutgers Football history, including a $100 million expansion of the Rutgers Football Stadium. He has successfully built and reimagined large-scale customer service-oriented departments and units, namely development and alumni relations, marketing and communications, and ticket sales. He has led nearly 100 executive searches including Provost, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Development Officer, Athletic Director, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer and a variety of head coaching and athletic administration positions at the Division I and III levels.  Conceiving and developing a nationally recognized student-athlete leadership and development program at Rutgers will always be a significant point of pride for Jason. This program has been replicated at his current institution with plans to bring it to high schools, youth programs, and community recreation centers in the future.

The Rutgers University Foundation, Rutgers Athletics, Monmouth University, Sports Illustrated, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame, and Drew University, among others, have benefited from his service.

Today, he serves as Vice President for Advancement and Chief Strategy Officer at New Jersey City University – a Regional Public University (RPU) that has earned Hispanic Serving (HSI) and Minority Serving (MSI) Institution designations. Jason utilizes his deep array of professional experience to develop and play a lead or key role in the institution’s most critical strategic initiatives, which include student recruitment and retention, facility development, strategic planning, strategic resource allocation, external relations, auxiliary services and board management, among others. In addition, he is responsible for leading a team of 200+ in the units of development and alumni relations, marketing and communications, student affairs, intercollegiate athletics, the arts, conference and event services, and auxiliary services. During his tenure, NJCU received its first seven-figure (1M) and eight-figure (10M) cash gifts, concluded a successful 60M campaign, doubled its athletics programs from 12 to 24 – becoming the largest NCAA DIII athletics program in New Jersey, and welcomed the two largest, most academically-gifted first-year classes in school history.

Jason and his wife, LeeAnn, are proud parents of three wonderful daughters, Maddy, Lindsay, and Elena. They reside in Berkley Heights, New Jersey with their dog, Otto.