As an AGB board governance consultant, Mr. James Lanier has worked with over 100 university and foundation boards throughout the U.S. on assessment, operations, and governance issues, and trains AGB facilitators and consultants. For over 23 years, he served as vice chancellor for institutional advancement and as CEO of the East Carolina University (ECU) Foundation and the ECU Real Estate Foundation. While at ECU, he also served as a governance consultant for AGB, focusing on governance, strategic planning, and the board's role in fundraising.
When Mr. Lanier arrived at East Carolina, assets for academic programs were about $1.5 million and total university giving was slightly over $1 million. When he took early retirement, total giving had reached $17 million annually, total assets were nearly $100 million, and the foundation and its board had become major driving forces supporting the university. While vice chancellor, he led three successful campaigns.
Before East Carolina, Mr. Lanier spent 12 years at Louisburg College. There he held several roles, including five years as director of development, working closely with the president and trustees and leading the college’s first ever successful major capital campaign.
He has chaired the CASE National Assembly, the National Commission on Philanthropy, and the National Steering Committee for Institutionally Related Foundations. He is a recipient of the CASE-Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Professional Leadership Award.
Mr. Lanier also serves as a senior instructor at the Duke University Non-Profit Institute. He earned his BS and M.Ed. from East Carolina University, and he also completed a number of postgraduate programs, including the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard.