Citadel Foundation’s executive officer receives doctoral degree


John P. (Jay) Dowd III, the CEO of The Citadel Foundation, recently completed his studies at the University of South Carolina with his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Educational Administration as well as a cognate in Public Administration.

In December 2015, the university hosted a formal ceremony located at the Koger Center for the Arts. Dowd attended, and officials conferred his degree and doctoral hood on him.

His doctoral thesis, “Understanding Generosity at Military Colleges and Universities: Characteristics and Motivations of Major Donors at the Federal Service Academies and Senior Military Colleges,” analyzed leading benefactors and their philanthropic motives. He specifically looked at benefactors of federal service academies, senior military universities, or senior military colleges based in the U.S. The results of his study will be used to help institutions understand and work with their alumni.

He attended Winthrop University for his bachelor of arts degree and graduated from there in 1989. He also attended the University of South Carolina for his master of education degree, graduating in 1993.

Today, Dowd works as the CEO at The Citadel Foundation and as the VP of Institutional Advancement at The Citadel, located in Charleston.

Earlier, Dowd worked as the VP for Development and Executive Director of the Francis Marion University Education Foundation.

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