Senior Vice President-Philanthropy and Chief Development Officer, Rush University Medical Center
As a member of Rush’s senior management team, McKeever led a multiyear capital campaign to fund a wide-ranging modernization of Rush facilities and support for its research, education, and other critical programs. The campaign — which culminated in 2012 with the opening of Rush’s new state-of-the-art hospital, the Tower — ultimately exceeded its $300 million goal and raised $389 million, making it the largest fundraising effort in Rush’s 180-year history.
Towards that end, McKeever was instrumental in securing the two gifts of $20 million, the largest gifts in Rush history. From FY2013 through FY2017, her fundraising efforts garnered more than $188 million.
McKeever assumed her current position in 2003. From 1999 to 2003, McKeever served as Rush’s vice president–philanthropy and communication, assuming responsibility for the overall strategy and management of fundraising at Rush. She also oversaw its public relations and marketing communications, which included advertising, publications, media relations, internal communications, and the Medical Center’s website. Since 1999, she also has served as secretary to the board of directors at Rush, after serving as assistant secretary from 1992 to 1999.
McKeever joined Rush in 1983 as the assistant director of development. She subsequently served as associate director of development (1985–1988) and associate vice president–philanthropy and communication (1988–1999). In that latter role, she led a $160 million campaign that ultimately raised $222 million.
Prior to joining Rush, McKeever was the director of program development for Urban Gateways, which provides arts programs for Chicago youth, and director of the CityArts Grant Program for the City of Chicago. She earned a BA in zoology and art from Connecticut College in 1977 and, in 1988, a master of management, marketing and organizational behavior from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
McKeever has served, and continues to serve, in a variety of capacities for the Association for Academic Medical Centers (AAMC). She is the chair of the Development Leadership Committee, and she is a former member of the board of directors of the Chicago chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). She has been a frequent speaker and moderator at AAMC, AFP, and other professional conferences.
In 1997, the Chicago chapter of the AFP presented her with its President’s Award; eight years later she received its Benjamin Franklin Award in recognition of her significant achievements in fundraising and her excellence as a role model for the profession.