The university seeks in its next vice president for development
and alumni relations a richly experienced, highly accomplished and
dynamic individual to lead its fundraising and alumni engagement
efforts, and help foster the culture of philanthropy that is
critical to enhancing the university’s mission of excellence.
The vice president will serve as the university’s senior
officer for development and alumni relations, and will work closely
with the president, provost, deans, executive director of the
University at Buffalo Foundation and other university leaders
and volunteers to guide the work of philanthropy at UB.
While UB raises more money than any other SUNY institution, it aspires to levels of support comparable to those at its peer AAU institutions. Therefore, the primary charge to the vice president is to increase the university’s overall fundraising, with an emphasis on developing and implementing strategies for securing more and larger major gifts, particularly from individuals, but also from corporations and foundations. The vice president will lead the campaign to help advance UB to the next level of excellence as a 21st-century global research university.
The vice president also is charged to increase participation in all alumni relations programs and to continue effecting an attitudinal shift among alumni to engage them in a culture of philanthropy as a key ingredient of UB’s prominence. The vice president will be responsible for continuing to build a culture of lifelong alumni engagement and aggressively advocating for greater involvement and support among UB’s students, faculty and staff members, alumni and friends. UB also seeks to increase active alumni involvement in the rich life of the campus and reconnect alumni with the university.
The vice president is responsible for leading and managing multiple units and priorities. As the top executive of this university division, he or she is responsible for a budget of $12.4 million and leading more than 120 staff members in the offices of Alumni Relations, Advancement Services, Annual Programs, Constituent Records, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Development Communications, Donor Relations and Stewardship, Gift Planning, and Prospect Research and Records, as well as major gift activities in each of the university’s 12 academic units, the Division of Athletics and other programs of the university. The vice president also will lead efforts to engage volunteers at the highest level in a variety of ways to reach development and alumni objectives.
The vice president reports to President Satish K. Tripathi, named UB’s 15th president in April 2011, and serves as a member of his senior management team. President Tripathi previously served as UB’s provost and was one of the principal creators of the UB 2020 strategic plan to achieve academic excellence. He has led the university to achieve significant growth in research and scholarly activity, enhanced student quality and diversity, and an expanded international presence. Building on this strong foundation, President Tripathi’s vision for UB focuses on fulfilling its potential to become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, thereby expanding its reach and impact locally, as well as globally.
In this endeavor, President Tripathi is committed to giving top priority to development and alumni relations as key ingredients for realizing the UB 2020 vision.
The Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations will: