Benedictine selects Len Bertolini to lead University Development

March 21, 2016

Lisle, Illinois ~ Leonard A. Bertolini has been named the vice president of Development at Benedictine University by President Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D., M.F.A.

"We searched for a veteran higher education fundraising leader who fully appreciates our Catholic and Benedictine identity," Brophy said. "We found that in Len, who brings more than 25 years of experience helping institutions achieve current goals while also laying a solid foundation for the future."

Bertolini is an accomplished fundraising professional who served for five years as vice president for University Advancement at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill., and for three years as the senior development officer focusing on major and planned gifts. Under Bertolini's leadership, Lewis experienced donor growth and exceeded campaign goals.

His previous advancement experience includes roles at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, De La Salle Institute in Chicago, Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights and Mount Carmel High School in Chicago.

"I have a passion for Catholic education and look forward to telling the story about why Benedictine is a good investment," said Bertolini, who will join the University May 1.

Bertolini is a 1983 graduate of St. Patrick High School in Chicago and a 1988 graduate of Bradley University.

Bertolini earned a Master of Science in Management from Lewis University and a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Bradley University.

Benedictine University has been preparing students for leadership roles in their communities and the world at large by providing them with a well-rounded, values-based liberal arts education in the Benedictine and Catholic tradition for more than 129 years.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fifth consecutive year in 2015, and the University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area.

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