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Distributed September 13, 2004
Contact Mark Nickel

Thomas W. Berry Named Chair of the Brown Annual Fund

Thomas W. Berry, Brown Class of 1969, has been named chair of the Brown Annual Fund. The Brown Annual Fund, which has enjoyed record-setting growth in the last three years, is an important source of support for the University’s Plan for Academic Enrichment.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Thomas W. Berry, a 1969 Brown graduate, University trustee and parent of two Brown graduates, has been named chair of the Brown Annual Fund, succeeding Jerome C. Vascellaro.


During the last three years, the Brown Annual Fund’s total dollars raised has increased by 53 percent and its donor base has increased by 40 percent. As chair, Berry has been charged with sustaining this growth in annual giving to support Brown’s Plan for Academic Enrichment. Berry is leading the effort to raise $25 million, the Brown Annual Fund’s goal for 2004-05 – a $2.1-million increase over last year’s record-setting results. He is also helping to prepare the Brown Annual Fund and its volunteers and donors for Brown’s planned comprehensive campaign, for which he serves as a campaign vice chair.

As a Brown undergraduate, Berry was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi honorary societies. Following his graduation, he earned an M.B.A. at Harvard and began a career at Goldman Sachs, from which he retired as a limited partner. Berry has been a committed volunteer and fundraiser for Brown, serving on various committees, including the executive committee of the Brown Annual Fund and the Brown Annual Fund Leadership Council, and chairing the engineering campaign. He is currently serving his second term as a trustee of the University. Berry was active in his 20th and 25th class reunions, and he is the father of two Brown graduates, Shelley ’92 and Seth ’96.

Brown Annual Fund

From its beginnings as the alumni “Loyalty Fund” in 1914, the Brown Annual Fund has been the primary vehicle through which alumni/ae have provided support for the extraordinary academic enterprise that is Brown University. Parents of Brown students and alumni have also found making Brown Annual Fund gifts to be an effective way to demonstrate their belief in the core mission of the University. Gifts to the Brown Annual Fund are an important source of funding for the Plan for Academic Enrichment and are used to bolster undergraduate and graduate student support, expand the faculty, improve library and technological resources, and enhance the student living and learning experience. The Brown Annual Fund’s fundraising year runs from July 1 to June 30.


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