James “Jim” Digan has been named senior vice president for institutional advancement at Baylor College of Medicine.

Digan has more than 25 years of experience in academic and hospital fundraising. He is currently serving as director of the Zweig Foundation, a private family foundation established to improve society by supporting the areas of environment, education and health care.

“Jim is the ideal candidate to lead our institutional advancement efforts,” said Dr. Paul Klotman, president, CEO and executive dean of Baylor. “He has a strong record in fundraising and a strategic approach to building the College’s relationships nationally and globally. He plans to work closely with our department chairs, center directors and deans in meeting needs across our mission areas.”

Digan will assume the role at Baylor on April 18.

Prior to joining the Zweig Foundation, he was president of Nationwide Children’s Foundation and vice president of international outreach for Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  Before that, he was president of the Rochester General Foundation in Rochester, N.Y. Rochester General Health System is a 650-bed community health system.

Digan also served as executive vice president for development and chief advancement officer at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has held several other positions in academics and development. He is a graduate of Colgate University in New York.