Ann Root Keith, Chief Advancement Officer

Ann Root Keith

Ann Root Keith has been named Dartmouth's chief advancement officer. Keith, who joined Dartmouth Advancement in 2002 and served as its chief operating officer since 2010, has acted in the role on an interim basis since September of 2023. 

The chief advancement officer is a new position, created last summer when President Beilock elevated Bob Lasher to the role of Senior Vice President for University in Advancement to serve as a senior advisor on pan-institution initiatives, global Dartmouth, and transformational gifts.

Previously, as chief operating officer for Advancement, Keith participated in the successful trajectory of the Call to Lead campaign, which wrapped up in 2023 with $3.8 billion in gifts—including an unprecedented $500 million for scholarships—and the participation of 60% of undergraduate alumni. 

As CAO, Keith will lead a staff of more than 200 people—including Alumni Relations, Development, and Advancement Administration —to engage alumni, parents, and friends in the Dartmouth community and make the case for how volunteer service and philanthropy contribute to research, teaching, and the institution's impact on students and the world. 

A member of President Beilock's senior leadership team, the CAO works closely with the president, senior vice president, and advancement leaders in the graduate and professional schools to support Dartmouth's central institutional functions and the priorities of the president, provost, dean of the College, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and financial aid.