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
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
- Lead the Campaign for UB 2020 (UB is in the silent phase
of a $500 million capital campaign, expected to conclude by 2017,
and is now more than one-third toward that goal in the quiet phase,
which was started in July 2009. Current philanthropic giving totals
about $30 million per year, with a goal of more than doubling
annual totals by the end of the campaign).
- Secure funding for 100 endowed faculty chairs within five
- Substantially increase UB’s endowment (current value of
approximately $450 million).
- Significantly strengthen the major gift program for UB.
- Build up the nascent international development program.
- Engage UB Foundation board members, deans’ advisory
councils and the alumni board in new strategic directions for
development and alumni relations.
- Increase the overall number of alumni contributors to the UB
- Increase the percentage of UB alumni who are actively engaged
in the alumni association.
- Continue to enhance the university’s extensive
international alumni network.