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Vice President for University Advancement

Winthrop University
South Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
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Sep 13, 2022

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Vice President for University Advancement

at Winthrop University


Winthrop University, a top ranked public, comprehensive, masters-level university, seeks a dynamic, innovative, and collaborative leader to serve as Vice President for University Advancement. As the chief fundraising officer for the University, the Vice President will provide a strategic vision and philanthropy plan that will enhance the advancement of the mission of the University. The Vice President reports directly to the President of the University. The start date is January 2, 2023.

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About the University

Winthrop University is in the thriving city of Rock Hill, South Carolina, a vibrant suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina. Ranked 6th by U.S. News & World Report among Southern public universities and in the top 20 of public and private institutions in the region, the University provides an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness, and civic engagement, enabling students to develop the knowledge, skills, and values that enrich their lives and prepare them for all the future holds. The University is under the leadership of President Edward A. Serna, Ed.D.

Serving approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Winthrop prides itself on being a close-knit, diverse campus family. The University is at the forefront of educational opportunities and offers degrees that meet today’s growing and emerging job markets. 

Through national accreditation, the University has set a high bar of excellence with its accredited programs. Winthrop is one of only 37 U.S. universities and the only South Carolina institution with its undergraduate and graduate arts programs—theatre, dance, music, fine arts, and design—nationally accredited. Additionally, the Business College is AACSB-accredited—a designation held by less than 5% of business programs worldwide. 

Winthrop has been listed in U.S. News & World Report’s Top 10 Regional Public Universities in the South in the magazine’s “America’s Best Colleges” for more than two decades. Through the South Carolina IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (SC INBRE) initiative, Winthrop has provided hundreds of student-centered research experiences since 2005, increasing the matriculation of participating students into graduate and professional programs.

Winthrop is highly respected for its outstanding undergraduate research program, public art partnerships, and designation as a Certified Green Workplace. 

The Opportunity

The Vice President for University Advancement is an outstanding opportunity for a successful, experienced fundraising professional to lead a great team committed to advancing the mission of the University through philanthropy. While demonstrating a deep appreciation for the mission and history of Winthrop University, the Vice President will successfully articulate that mission and generate excitement about the University among a diverse group of stakeholders. This administrator will understand and embrace the importance of having a meaningful role in the life of the University and its extended community.  

The Vice President is responsible for the operational, fiscal, and human resources within the division.  Reporting to the Winthrop University President, the Vice President for University Advancement is the key leader and influencer in determining the University’s overall strategies, goals, and plans that affect development, fundraising, and alumni relations. The Vice President maintains successful and effective relationships with the staff and board members of the Winthrop University Foundation, an $80M private 501(c)(3) corporation established to support Winthrop University.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with the President, the Winthrop University Board of Trustees, and the Winthrop University Foundation Board to establish appropriate fundraising goals for the University; establishes and reviews policies, procedures, and guidelines associated with University Advancement programs and activities; develops and maintains divisional budgets.
  • Guides the University Advancement Division in strategic planning and management of programs, initiatives, relationship development, and fundraising campaigns to increase awareness and philanthropic support of Winthrop’s brand.
  • Provides leadership, guidance, and support to the Development staff in strategic planning for the creation and implementation of market strategies and collateral for the annual giving, major giving, and planned giving programs.  
  • Provides leadership and oversight to the Alumni Relations staff for the creation and implementation of alumni programs, activities, and outreach.
  • Collaborates with the Executive Director of the Winthrop University Foundation to maintain a strong and mutually beneficial relationship between the Foundation and Winthrop to confirm activities and programs are consistent with shared goals.
  • Actively participates in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major gift prospects locally, statewide, and nationally; establishes and maintains productive business relationships with the corporate business community.
  • Directly supervises the Associate Vice President for University Advancement and the Executive Director for Alumni Relations.


  • A master’s degree and at least 10 years of increasingly responsible, executive-level experience leading advancement and development, including fundraising and related operations, for a comprehensive master’s university  
  • Strong expertise in fundraising, including annual fund, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, capital campaign, and alumni relations
  • Strong leadership abilities demonstrated by success in fundraising campaigns, strategies, techniques, and relationship management in related high-level positions in higher education
  • Proven record of working effectively across departments within an institution
  • Analytical workstyle that is data-informed and results-oriented
  • Knowledge of current fundraising methodology and regulations
  • Knowledge of budget preparation, monitoring, and administration
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and public speaking skills

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Rock Hill is a business-savvy blend of historic charm, responsibly implemented expansion, and warm hospitality. Currently a community of 67,000 residents, the city has experienced rapid growth over the past few years and is expected to continue that trend as South Carolina is the sixth fastest growing state in the U.S., and York County is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation with a population of over 300,000 citizens. 

Named an “All-America City” by the National Civic League in 2019, Rock Hill is a great place to live, work, and enjoy unforgettable adventures. The area offers a wide variety of shopping, dining, and recreation, with all the amenities of a major city. Charlotte, North Carolina, with a metro population of 2.7 million people, is a 20-mile drive away. 

Application & Nomination Process

Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are invited.


Application packet must include the following: a) A letter of application articulating the candidate’s interest in the position, qualifications, and relevant experience, b) A current curriculum vitae or resume, and c) Names and e-mail addresses for five professional references who can speak to the work of the candidate (References will not be contacted without consent from applicant.)

Interested candidates must apply using the following link: Submit application packet materials preferably as PDFs. Additional information will be requested upon receipt of application.

A review of applications will begin on Oct. 3, 2022, at which time the application period will close if an acceptable applicant pool is received. 


Submit nominations to with complete contact and e-mail information for the individual being nominated.


Kenny Daugherty, President of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, is assisting Winthrop University with this search. Request a conversation regarding this search at

Winthrop University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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