Originally known as the Development Program, the division of College Advancement, named in 2002, is the fund raising entity of Middlebury College. The Vice President for College Advancement reports to the President of the College and serves as the chief advancement officer and executive leader of the college advancement division. The primary purpose of College Advancement is to utilize a broad institutional perspective to align its efforts and resources to raise philanthropic support, and to successfully fund raise to meet the strategic goals and mission of the College.
The Development Program (later the Office of Development (1956-1994)), began in 1955 as the Committee of the Development Program, a trustee committee chaired by trustee Edwin S.S. Sunderland. At that time President Samuel S. Stratton recommended that the board create a full-time administrative position for fund raising to meet the college's increasing fianacial needs, and by March 1956, Middlebury hired Walter E. Brooker '39, as the Director of the Development Program. He would later become Vice President of Development. The office was also known as External Affairs (1994-2001) and Institutional Advancement (2001-2002) before it acquired its current title as College Advancement.