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Faculty Profile

Steve Staples

Steve Staples, Ph.D.

Executive Director of International Development
Princeton University

Dr. Staples’ role as Executive Director of International Development at Princeton punctuates a 25+ year career in higher education. He leads a team of frontline major gift officers focused on raising philanthropic gifts for university priorities. Prior to serving in this role, he was the Director of Leadership Gifts at Princeton.

Prior to arriving at Princeton in 2006, Dr. Staples served in a variety of sport marketing and external relations positions at Harvard University and the University of Illinois, his graduate alma mater. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky. Today he continues his longstanding relationship with multiple institutions as an adjunct lecturer, regularly teaching courses on marketing, sport analytics and critical issues in sport management. He launched his teaching career at Northeastern University, where he played a key role in creating its sports leadership graduate program.