NCCU Fills Top Fundraiser Position

Lois Deloatch, a longtime fundraiser at Duke University, has been appointed vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement at North Carolina Central University. Deloatch comes to NCCU having served 20 years at Duke as an associate director of corporate and foundation relations. Before that, she worked as a development project specialist, development officer, major gifts officer, and interim director of development for Duke University Libraries. In addition to her fundraising work, she helped to establish the John Hope Franklin Collection of African and African-American Documentation at Duke’s Perkins Library.

“Deloatch’s long experience cultivating North Carolina philanthropy for higher education and her commitment to this community made her a perfect fit for this job,” said NCCU Chancellor Charlie Nelms.

Deloatch fully understands the challenge of the position.

“My first priority is to help establish the infrastructure to enhance the reliability of our interactions with donors,” said Deloatch. “They need to be assured that we will be there to serve them as they seek to make a difference in the lives of our students.”

Deloatch has been recognized statewide for her commitment and leadership as a volunteer, having served on numerous boards and committees including Triangle United Way, Volunteer Center of Greater Durham, Durham Partnership for Seniors, Durham Arts Council, Gregory B. Davis Foundation, and the North Carolina Arts Council.

In addition to her work in university advancement, Deloatch has maintained a career as a professional vocalist and songwriter, specializing in jazz, blues, and spirituals. She has released four recordings and has performed widely in the United States and abroad. She has conducted extensive research on African-American music and is a longtime supporter of the NCCU Jazz Studies Program and WNCU radio station, where she hosted “Sunday Evening Classics.”

A native of Northampton County, Deloatch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts from Duke.