University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee — Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) invites nominations and applications for the position of vice chancellor for development and alumni relations. The institution seeks a strategic, visionary and energetic leader who will build on its past record of fundraising and alumni engagement success. 

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offers a comprehensive and professional education at undergraduate and graduate levels across 15 schools and colleges to its more than 24,000 students on three campuses (83% of whom are from Wisconsin), which include two 2-year campuses in nearby Waukesha and Washington counties. UWM has achieved high standards in its unique role as the only public, urban, access and research university in Wisconsin as noted by its R1 Carnegie Research Classification and Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement. With approximately 200,000 alumni, UW-Milwaukee has a $1.5B impact on the state economy and produces about 5,300 graduates a year who fill jobs in high-demand fields including architecture, business, computer science, education, engineering, health care, information technology, urban planning and water.

Reporting directly to the chancellor, the vice chancellor for development and alumni relations serves as the chief development officer and is responsible for leading and managing the fundraising and alumni relations activities across the institution. As part of this role, the vice chancellor serves as a key member of the chancellor’s senior leadership team and works on behalf of the institution to build relationships and generate support for the campus’s top priority programs and initiatives. The vice chancellor leads a staff of approximately 40 and manages a $7 million budget. The vice chancellor works in close collaboration with the UWM Foundation, which manages assets of over $200 million and accepts and manages gifts and philanthropic funds on behalf of the university. In September 2019, UWM celebrated the successful conclusion of its comprehensive campaign, Made in Milwaukee – Shaping the World. UWM raised over $251 million, exceeding the original campaign goal of $200 million by more than 17% – the biggest campaign in UWM’s history. 

The incoming vice chancellor will be expected to advance critical priorities important to the development and alumni relations division and the broader campus community. The ideal candidate will be a seasoned executive while bringing extensive knowledge and experience in best practice fundraising and alumni relations programming while making diversity, equity and inclusion a high priority. The vice chancellor will provide executive-level leadership and support to the chancellor and other key administrative and academic leaders, volunteers and the fundraising and alumni relations team in an effort to cultivate, solicit and steward a diverse cross-section of major and principal gift donors (including individuals, corporations and/or foundations) with a more national reach. The next vice chancellor should be an innovative professional with strong communication, collaboration and team-oriented skills. Although the campus recently closed a successful campaign, the incoming vice chancellor should bring a skillset required to successfully plan for UWM’s next more ambitious campaign. Furthermore, the vice chancellor should have a commitment to actively engaging with UWM’s alumni base and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion activities and initiatives within a higher education environment, particularly as it relates to raising philanthropic funds for UWM and developing further relationships with alumni. Working in close collaboration with the UWM Foundation and alumni association, and furthering the institutions culture of philanthropy will be important. The incoming vice chancellor should possess a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five to ten (5-10) years of fundraising experience with a proven record of success in soliciting major and principal gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations. More information can be found at www.wittkieffer.com. 

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in this search. For fullest consideration, application materials should be received by Tuesday, November 2.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal by using the buttons below.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D, Melissa Fincher and Natalie Song
UWM-ViceChancellor@wittkieffer.com

UWM is an AA/EO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

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