University of Arkansas
Brad Choate assumed duties as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement on July 1, 2008. As Vice Chancellor Choate has responsibility for the University’s fundraising efforts as well as University Relations, the Arkansas Alumni Association, constituent relations, special events and the Arkansas World Trade Center.
Before joining the University of Arkansas, Choate was Vice President for University Advancement at University of South Carolina where he had responsibility for fundraising efforts and advancement units, including the offices of advancement administration, media relations, communications, development, government relations, and the Carolina Alumni Association.
Prior to South Carolina, Choate was president and chief executive officer of the Minnesota Medical Foundation, where he served for 10 years. Choate oversaw fundraising efforts totaling more than $500 million for health-related research, education, and service at the University of Minnesota.
In 2004, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education named Choate the winner of the CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Award recognizing his leadership and exemplary professionalism. The award recognized Choate for making great strides in the development and quality of the Minnesota Medical Foundation and for providing significant service to the community of institutionally related foundations.
Before joining the Minnesota Medical Foundation, Choate was associate vice president for development and university relations at Penn State University, where he oversaw completion of three highly successful capital campaigns, including a $352 million university-wide capital campaign. Choate also has held senior management positions at The Ohio State University including director of corporate and foundation relations.
Choate earned a bachelor degree in history, a bachelor degree in political science and a master's degree in education from Southern Illinois University. He and his wife, Julie, have three children: Brent, a captain in the U.S. Air Force and graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy; Lauren, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse; and Lindsey, a doctoral student at the University of Arkansas.