Vice President for
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.
For complete information, see the Search Profile at https://myersmcrae.com/skins/userfiles/files/Winthorp-VPAdv.pdf
About the University
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
Winthrop is highly respected for its outstanding undergraduate
research program, public art partnerships, and designation as a
Certified Green Workplace.
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
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,
- 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
- 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
- Analytical workstyle that is data-informed and
- Knowledge of current fundraising methodology and
- Knowledge of budget preparation, monitoring, and
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, and public speaking
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
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
Interested candidates must apply using the following
Submit application packet materials preferably as PDFs.
Additional information will be requested upon receipt of
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
complete contact and e-mail information for the individual being
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Winthrop University with this search. Request a conversation
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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.