Ter Molen Watkins & Brandt

Who We Are


Clyde P. Watkins, Senior Partner

Clyde Watkins has been in the field of development since 1972, when he organized the first annual fund for the Graduate School of Education at the University of Chicago while serving as assistant dean of students. He moved to the University’s central development office to concentrate on major gifts and rose through a series of positions that culminated in his being named associate vice president for academic resources and institutional planning in 1979.

Clyde later joined Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he helped establish the Northwestern Memorial Foundation. He was appointed a board member of the Foundation and served as its first president. Clyde joined the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1986 as vice president with responsibility for development, alumni affairs, public relations, community affairs, and government relations. In 1994, Clyde established his own consulting firm, Clyde P. Watkins and Associates, which merged in 2003 to create Ter Molen Watkins & Brandt, LLC.

Clyde has served in a variety of volunteer capacities with organizations such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Chicago’s Managing Institutional Advancement program offered at its Graham School of General Studies. In 1989, he was awarded the AFP Chicago Chapter’s Benjamin Franklin Award—the organization’s highest honor for nonprofit professionals—and the Annual Giving Roundtable’s Fund Raiser of the Year in 1997.

An alumnus of the University of Chicago, Clyde also holds a master’s degree in education from Ball State University.

Clyde and his wife, Cheryl, live in Oak Park, ILIllinois./p>

Phone: 312-222-0560, ext. 227
Email: cwatkins@twbfundraising.com


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