Andrew Sillen ‘74 is Vice President for Institutional Advancement for Brooklyn College, and Executive Director of the Brooklyn College Foundation, Inc. Dr. Sillen was previously Professor and Head of the Department of Archaeology, then Director of Development of the University of Cape Town (UCT), from 1985 to 2001. During that period, UCT was transformed from a predominantly white institution to a fully integrated institution meeting the needs of post-apartheid South Africa. Dr. Sillen worked closely with then Vice-Chancellor Mamphela Ramphele, the first black woman to lead a major university in South Africa, who had previously been a leader of South Africa’s Black Consciousness movement. Working with Ramphele, Dr. Sillen raised funds for undergraduate and graduate scholarships for African students, and completed a capital campaign for the Harry Oppenheimer Library.
From 2002-2005, Dr. Sillen held a variety of positions at Synergos, a non-profit based in NYC founded by Peggy Rockefeller Dulany focusing on global philanthropy. In this capacity, he worked to fund a number of development projects globally involving both private and USAID funds.
Dr. Sillen grew up a block away from Brooklyn College, and attended P.S. 152, Andries Hudde Junior High School, and Midwood High School. He holds a BA from Brooklyn College and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.