Arthur L. Criscillis, Ed.D.
As Managing Partner at Alexander Haas, Arthur L. Criscillis, Ed.D., leads the firm’s higher education practice. Arthur has almost 30 years of experience in higher education and consulting. In higher education, Arthur led the advancement programs for Purdue University College of Science, Rhodes College and Centre College. Arthur moved from advancement work for colleges and universities into consulting for the opportunity to work with and for a wide variety of colleges and universities.
At Purdue, Arthur provided the leadership for the College of Science in the University’s $1.3 billion campaign. Arthur was Dean of Planning and Development at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee where his leadership during the College’s 150th Anniversary Campaign raised $152 million against its goal of $120 million and increased its unrestricted annual fund from $1.9 million to $2.9 million, with 50 percent alumni participation. He was instrumental in Rhodes’ securing a $35 million gift in April 2001 — its largest ever. At Centre College, Arthur was the chief advancement officer. He planned and directed the quiet phase of a $60 million campaign, helping to secure $42 million for a campaign that ultimately raised $72 million. He also led the effort to increase leadership annual giving to the College which saw a 150 percent increase in two years. Alumni participation exceeded 60 percent in each of his years at Centre.
Consistently garnering the highest accolades for his speaking, including the CASE Crystal Apple Award, Arthur has chaired the CASE Conference on Major Gift Solicitation six times and the CASE Conference on Successful Annual Giving Strategies two times. He has also served as faculty for the CASE Summer Institute on Educational fundraising. Arthur has spoken at the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education annual conference and the Canadian Association of Independent School Development Officers annual conference, as well as many CASE District conferences.
Arthur’s clients—current and former—range from large universities (Auburn, Florida State, Kansas State, South Carolina, University of Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas Tech) to smaller, liberal arts colleges (Berea, Harvey Mudd, Hendrix, Furman, Millsaps, Wofford). His clients also include colleges/schools within larger universities (UK College of Engineering, Broad College of Business, McCombs School of Business, Marshall School of Business, Robinson College of Business), as well as a broad variety of public and private universities (Arkansas State, Arkansas Tech, Eastern Kentucky, Emory, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, Kent State, Troy, University of Tampa). His work for clients runs the full range, including assessments, feasibility studies, consulting, and training for staff, academic leaders and volunteers. He has worked on successful campaigns ranging from $20 million to more than $1 billion.
Arthur holds an undergraduate degree from the University of the Cumberlands and a doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University.