Mary Beth Gasman

Dr. Gasman’s work explores issues pertaining to philanthropy and historically black colleges, black leadership, contemporary fundraising issues at black colleges, and African-American giving. She is a Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Gasman’s most recent book is Envisioning Black Colleges: A History of the United Negro College Fund (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007). She has also written Supporting Alma Mater: Successful Strategies for Securing Funds from Black College Alumni (with Sibby Anderson Thompkins) (CASE Books, 2003), and (with Katherine Sedgwick) Uplifting a People: African American Philanthropy and Education (Peter Lang, 2005).

Dr. Gasman  is also the editor (with Benjamin Baez and Caroline Sotello Turner) of Understanding Minority Serving Institutions (SUNY Press, 2008) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Triumphs, Troubles, and Taboos (Palgrave Press, 2009) with Christopher Tudico.

In addition to her research, Dr. Gasman has worked with several institutions interested in reaching out to their African American alumni. These colleges and universities include Howard University, Bennett College,Cheney University, Philander Smith College, Stanford University, Prairie View A & M University, Georgia State University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Gasman’s research on Historically Black Colleges has been cited in various media venues, including New York Times, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, National Public Radio, Inside Higher Education, U.S. News and World Report, and CNN.

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