Jim Mahon, PhD
Jim Mahon knows how to instill an institutional environment that is philanthropic, collegial, and transparent. For over 25 years, he has led the institutional advancement efforts of universities, hospitals, and even the oldest registered investment advisory firm in the United States. He was the founder and president of the Bartlett Foundation and has been involved in many private philanthropy and governmental grant campaigns.
Throughout Jim’s career, he has remained focused on philanthropy and leadership. Prior to joining Compass, Jim served as Managing Director of Bartlett & Company, where he also held the position of Director of Business Development. His expertise is further underscored by his roles as Vice President of Development for Franciscan Health System of Cincinnati and Union Institute University. Informed by these experiences, Jim has gained a deep understanding of the impact that philanthropy can have across industries. He uses his strong interpersonal skills and knowledge of institutional structures to help Compass clients create sustainable foundations and other models for business growth.
Jim holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees from Virginia Tech. An experienced board member, he has served or is currently serving on the boards of Virginia Tech, Cancer Free Kids of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Flying Pig Marathon, the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Mercy Health Partners, the Cincinnati Ballet, and Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Foundation. Jim is also an adjunct faculty member for the Master of Business Administration program at Northern Kentucky University and was named Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year in 2010.
Jim is currently serving as the Interim Executive Director of Research Services at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.