As Marquette University’s vice president for University Advancement, Tim McMahon leads a team of more than 100 advancement professionals focused on developing and sustaining a university-wide culture of giving. Under McMahon’s leadership, Marquette publicly launched and accelerated momentum for the university’s historic $750 million comprehensive campaign in the spring of 2021 — Time to Rise: The Marquette Promise to Be The Difference.
McMahon and the Advancement team have secured campaign gifts from more than 55K donors, more than 630 of whom have given $100K+ in campaign commitments, and more than 110 of whom have given $1M+ in commitments. Read more about Advancement’s latest campaign progress here.
During McMahon’s tenure, Marquette has realized significant participation increases in undergraduate alumni giving and in the annual Give Marquette Day 24-hour giving day. Philanthropic resources from Time to Rise support a wide range of strategic priorities from scholarship support to funds for student success and innovative new programs. Gifts are also transforming the campus environment — including a new home for Marquette Business and the recent preservation of St. Joan of Arc Chapel. Both projects were fully funded by generous donor support.
In 2019, University Advancement established its President’s Advisory Council (PAC) and Campaign Executive Committee (CEC) to engage alumni volunteers and leaders at a deeper level. McMahon emphasizes an Advancement team culture of service, collaboration and persistence and serves as a member of the University Leadership Council, Marquette’s Beyond Boundaries strategic plan steering committee, and the President’s Cabinet.
McMahon brings more than 20 years of experience from prior advancement roles at Villanova, Hofstra and Fordham universities. He earned his Marketing degree from Hofstra’s Zarb School of Business and M.B.A. from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. He lives in Mequon with his wife, Kara, their three boys — Brady, Jack and Luke — and their yellow lab, Reggie. Beyond work, McMahon is an avid reader and writer who loves to travel and play golf and pickleball.