Office of Advancement

Cupola atop a building on the Molloy University campus
The Office of Advancement strives to further Molloy’s educational mission through generating revenue for scholarships and grants and communicating the value of Molloy’s engaged and transformational approach to education to potential students, current students, alumni, families and the community members.


edheadshot-copy.jpgEdward Thompson is Molloy's Vice President for Advancement, responsible for all fundraising, grant writing, marketing and external partnership activities. During his tenure, Mr. Thompson has spearheaded a fundraising and marketing transformation. He has led two successful capital campaigns, leading to the construction of Molloy’s Public Square Student Center and the Barbara H. Hagan Center for Nursing. He has raised in excess of $100 million for the University, including some of the region’s largest ever private and foundation donations.

He also has lead a robust marketing effort that has significantly raised the institution's public profile in recent years, including Molloy’s recent transition to university status.

Committed to engaged civil discourse, he co-founded the Energeia Partnership, the Academy for Regional Stewardship at Molloy University. Energeia now boasts hundreds of community leaders dedicated to transformation on Long Island. He also oversees the Sustainability Institute at Molloy University, an organization committed to education and public policy on sustainability issues. 

Dedicated to community service, Thompson serves as Vice Chair of the board of Fans For the Cure, a prostate cancer prevention group and is a member of the Executive Committee of the board of the Energeia Partnership.  He has previously served as Chair of the Long Island Neighborhood Network and served on the Board of Long Island Transportation Management. Past honors include being named the 2008 Environmentalist of the Year by the Long Island Neighborhood Network, the 2011 Irish Man of the Year by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Long Island, the 2011 Brehon of the Year by the Brehon (Irish Lawyers) Society of Nassau County, and the 2017 Man of the Year by the Rockville Centre Guild for the Arts, and a 2019 recipient of the President’s Medal, the highest award given by Molloy University.

He received his B.A. in History and Economics at the College of the Holy Cross, his J.D. from St. John's University School of Law, studied comparative law at the London School of Economics and completed the Institute for Educational Management program at the Harvard University School of Education. He lives in Fort Salonga with wife Eloise and sons Peter and Daniel.

The Advancement team works to:

  • Generate Revenue

    Development and fundraising efforts have garnered more than $100 million in the last two decades. These funds have supported a significant increase in student scholarships and grants, faculty research grants, funding for community partnerships, the construction of two academic buildings, a 550-seat theatre, three residence halls and new academic programs.

  • Tell the Story

    The Advancement Office continues to expand Molloy’s public profile with a combination of proactive marketing and high impact public events in support of enrollment and a strong brand. Our Marketing and Communications team highlights academic programs and the accomplishments of students, faculty and alumni on all platforms and channels.

  • Amplify the Mission

    The Advancement Office is committed to community engagement and expanding Molloy’s mission of transformational education with impact beyond the classroom. The Energeia Partnership and the Sustainability Institute establishing Molloy as a leader in regional policy conversations.  The Madison Theatre offers the best in arts, entertainment and lecture series for the University and surrounding community.