Diane M. McKeever

Chief Development Officer at Rush University Medical Center

Diane M. McKeever

Diane M. McKeever

Chief Development Officer at Rush University Medical Center


Senior Vice President-Philanthropy and Chief Development Officer, Rush University Medical Center

As a member of Rush’s senior management team, McKeever led a multiyear capital campaign to fund a wide-ranging modernization of Rush facilities and support for its research, education, and other critical programs. The campaign — which culminated in 2012 with the opening of Rush’s new state-of-the-art hospital, the Tower — ultimately exceeded its $300 million goal and raised $389 million, making it the largest fundraising effort in Rush’s 180-year history.

Towards that end, McKeever was instrumental in securing the two gifts of $20 million, the largest gifts in Rush history. From FY2013 through FY2017, her fundraising efforts garnered more than $188 million.

McKeever assumed her current position in 2003. From 1999 to 2003, McKeever served as Rush’s vice president–philanthropy and communication, assuming responsibility for the overall strategy and management of fundraising at Rush. She also oversaw its public relations and marketing communications, which included advertising, publications, media relations, internal communications, and the Medical Center’s website. Since 1999, she also has served as secretary to the board of directors at Rush, after serving as assistant secretary from 1992 to 1999.

McKeever joined Rush in 1983 as the assistant director of development. She subsequently served as associate director of development (1985–1988) and associate vice president–philanthropy and communication (1988–1999). In that latter role, she led a $160 million campaign that ultimately raised $222 million.

Prior to joining Rush, McKeever was the director of program development for Urban Gateways, which provides arts programs for Chicago youth, and director of the CityArts Grant Program for the City of Chicago. She earned a BA in zoology and art from Connecticut College in 1977 and, in 1988, a master of management, marketing and organizational behavior from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

McKeever has served, and continues to serve, in a variety of capacities for the Association for Academic Medical Centers (AAMC). She is the chair of the Development Leadership Committee, and she is a former member of the board of directors of the Chicago chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). She has been a frequent speaker and moderator at AAMC, AFP, and other professional conferences.

In 1997, the Chicago chapter of the AFP presented her with its President’s Award; eight years later she received its Benjamin Franklin Award in recognition of her significant achievements in fundraising and her excellence as a role model for the profession.

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Chief Development Officer at Rush University Medical Center
Class of 1988

Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. In 1853 the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University's founders, John Evans. After completing its first building, its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students. Northwestern has three campuses and a total of 12 Schools and Colleges (one of which is located in South Florida. Two campuses are located on Lake Michigan, a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. One campus is located in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the richness of Chicago.

Class of 1977

Connecticut College was founded in 1911. Connecticut College is a thriving private, coeducational liberal arts college known for the extraordinary students who are attracted here by rigorous academics and a comprehensive residential life program, as well as the diverse opportunities to explore their interests through funded internships, community service or international study.

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Chief Development Officer

Rush is a not-for-profit academic medical center comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health. Renowned Patient Care Rush University Medical Center encompasses a 664-bed hospital serving adults and children, including the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center, which provides medical and rehabilitative care to older adults and people with short- and long-term disabilities. It includes Rush's 376-bed Tower hospital building, which opened in 2012 as part of the Medical Center's major campus renovation. Rush's commitment to sustainability innovation earned the Tower LEED Gold certification. It is the largest new construction health care project in the world to be LEED Gold certified. Rush's renovation also includes Rush's Orthopedic Building, which opened in 2010, and the ongoing campuswide implementation of an electronic medical record system, enhancing patient care and safety. A unique combination of research and patient care has earned Rush national rankings in 11 of 16 specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report's 2012-13 America's Best Hospitals issue, among other recognitions of our quality of care and accreditations. Our nurses are at the forefront of our efforts to provide quality care, receiving Magnet status three times for making outstanding nursing care the standard at the Medical Center. Rush was the first hospital in Illinois serving adults and children to receive Magnet status — the highest honor in nursing — and the first in Illinois to earn a third four-year designation. And some of the world’s best athletes trust themselves to the hands of our physicians. Rush is proud to be the preferred hospital for the Chicago Bulls and home to the team physicians for both the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox.

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Minority Whip at Office of the Senate Minority Whip, Richard J. Durbin

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