Andrew Sillen

Andrew Sillen is Vice President for Institutional Advancement for Brooklyn College and Executive Director of the Brooklyn College Foundation, Inc. Previously, Dr. Sillen was Professor and Head of the Department of Archaeology and 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 to 2005, Dr. Sillen held a variety of positions at Synergos, a non-profit founded by Peggy Rockefeller Dulany, focusing on global philanthropy. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.