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.
Arthur’s clients—current and former—range from large universities (Auburn, Florida State, Kansas State, Kent State, University of Maine, South Carolina, University of Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas Tech) to smaller, liberal arts colleges (Berea, Harvey Mudd, Hendrix, Millsaps, Texas Lutheran, Wofford). His clients also include colleges/schools within larger universities (University of Kentucky 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 Tech, Austin Peay, Eastern Kentucky University, Gannon University, Kent State, Lipscomb University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Troy, University of Northern Iowa, University of Tampa). His work for clients runs the full range, including advancement assessments, feasibility studies, campaign consulting, and training for staff, academic leaders and volunteers. He has worked on successful campaigns ranging from $20 million to more than $1 billion.
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 has been named a CASE Laureate, a community of senior volunteers who have provided invaluable service to CASE and to the mission of advancing education to transform lives and society.
Arthur holds an undergraduate degree from the University of the Cumberlands and a doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University.