Chief Executive Officer, ASU Foundation
Gretchen E. Buhlig joined the ASU Foundation in January 2012 as vice president for leadership giving and now serves as chief executive officer. In her executive role at the foundation, Buhlig works closely with ASU Enterprise Partners CEO Rick Shangraw and ASU President Michael M. Crow to identify, cultivate and steward major university donors.
She matches donor interests with ASU priorities, structuring complex investments that advance ASU’s vision of a New American University. Additionally, as CEO, she directs the development enterprise, which includes the development offices within ASU’s colleges, institutes, athletics programs and performing arts venues as well as for principal giving, estate and gift planning, corporate and foundation relations and engagement programs.
Previously, Buhlig served A.T. Still University, the founding school of osteopathic medicine, for nearly six years as associate vice president of institutional advancement.
While at A.T. Still, Buhlig helped build and manage collegiate development and alumni relations programs for the university’s Arizona campus and its three schools — Arizona School of Health Sciences, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health and the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona.
Her appointment in 2012 marked a return to ASU and the foundation. Buhlig served in leadership positions with the foundation from 1995 through 2005, as associate vice president of presidential programs, assistant vice president and founding director of Women and Philanthropy, and director of the ASU President’s Club.