Carson College of Business appoints alum as chief development officer

Alum graduated in 2003 with social sciences degree; worked in finance, moved to academic development



Nick Delaney, chief development officer and WSU alumnus, said he wants to form relationships with other alumni.

STEFFI LUDAHL, Evergreen reporter

WSU’s Carson College of Business appointed a new chief development officer tasked with building on the college’s success by forming relationships with alumni from its online MBA program. 

Nick Delaney, chief development officer and WSU alumnus, said he began his new position on Nov. 16. Delaney began working in finance after he graduated from WSU with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences. For the last seven years, he worked in academic development.

Part of Delaney’s job is to develop relationships with Carson College alumni. These relationships help secure funding for the college and provide internship opportunities to current students, he said. 

Delaney also hopes to add to WSU President Kirk Schulz’s “Drive to 25” by working with alumni and Carson College dean to provide more opportunities to students. The goal is to be recognized in the top 25 universities in the U.S., and Delaney said he looks forward to being a part of that success. 

Delaney said he spent the last few years on the developmental team at the Darden School of Business at University of Virginia. Before that, he spent five years doing developmental work for the College of Engineering at University of Michigan. 

Delaney said he feels his experience in development will help Carson College continue to grow its programs. The Carson College’s online MBA program ranks in the top 5 percent of all U.S. online MBA programs, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings. 

Delaney said he wanted to return to his roots at WSU because he loves the state of Washington. 

“I like the community on the west coast, obviously, the climates, mountain scenery … all of those things,” he said.

When Delaney and his wife were in Pullman for graduation, they both enjoyed the college town vibe. Delaney said he did not hesitate to apply when he saw the job opening for Carson College.

“I feel very fortunate, and I’m grateful to the college and university that they offered me the position so that I can come back and help,” Delaney said. 

Delaney said he is still living in Virginia but will move to Pullman when it is safe. He said he is excited to meet his team in person. 

“I will be obviously relocating to Pullman as soon as it is okay to come back,” Delaney said. “As soon as the time is right, I will be on the plane and getting situated and located, which I’m antsy to do but obviously can’t do it.” 

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated. Nick Delaney is not tasked with expanding the MBA program; he is working with alumni to secure funding and other opportunities for programs and students. Delaney’s credentials have also been included regarding his degree in social sciences.