Maggie Utsch joined the advancement team at the College of Saint Benedict in 2012 as director of annual giving. But in her heart, she’s been a Bennie since she arrived on campus as a student in 1996. That alumna experience fuels her drive to ensure that the women who choose Saint Ben’s get the chance to experience it as well. She also takes her passion and drive for education and community by serving as the vice chair of the Paynesville Area Community Foundation and a school board vice chair for District 741. She currently oversees the annual giving program with a data-driven mindset. She is curious and loves a good brainstorming session, but is also able to put those ideas into action. More importantly, she is able to measure the results and implement changes when needed. In today’s challenging higher education climate, Maggie and her team continue to generate year-over-year improvement in annual giving. In order to do that, Maggie has had to learn to balance her natural caution with a willingness to seek out and try new tactics and programs. The end result is innovation with a healthy dose of competitiveness that helps her and her team reach their ever-increasing goals!