Murray T. Ancell

Murray T. Ancell

Senior vice president and chief development officer for RUSH University Medical Center

Senior vice president and chief development officer for RUSH University Medical Center

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Murray T. Ancell, MS, CFRE, is senior vice president and chief development officer for RUSH University Medical Center.

As the first new chief development officer at RUSH in over 20 years, Ancell brings significant experience cultivating philanthropic relationships and leading major non-profit fundraising efforts.

Ancell joined RUSH from NorthShore University HealthSystem, where he served as senior vice president and executive director at NorthShore Foundation. Following a successful career in the private sector in Europe and the U.S., Ancell joined NorthShore in 2007, first as a senior director in hospital operations, before transferring to philanthropy. He led NorthShore Foundation for 12 years before coming to RUSH.

At NorthShore, Ancell developed and implemented strategies to support leading-edge research, vital care for the medically underserved, academic medical education, clinical program innovation and employee assistance. Under his leadership NorthShore raised record-setting contributions for two consecutive years, including successful cultivation of the largest outright cash gift in the organization’s history, and exceeded their 2021 fundraising goal by 14 percent.

Ancell has volunteered on several health-related and other committees and boards, and currently serves on the advisory council of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy’s Healthcare Philanthropy journal. He earned a BS (Hons) in zoology and physiology from the University of East Anglia, a postgraduate diploma in business administration from the University of Surrey and an MS in strategic fundraising and philanthropy from Bay Path University, where he teaches major gift fundraising in the Graduate School of Arts, Science and Management. He is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE).