Vice President for University Advancement

Georgia College and State University
Georgia, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jun 23, 2023

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Position Type
Fundraising, Fundraising Administration
Employment Type
Full Time

Vice President for University Advancement

Georgia College & State University (GCSU) seeks a dynamic leader to serve as its next Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the Georgia College & State University (GCSU) Foundation, Inc.

Georgia College & State University is the state's designated public liberal arts university—where practical education meets transformative, real-world experiences. At GCSU, a liberal arts education goes beyond simply memorizing facts and philosophies. The GCSU liberal arts curriculum teaches students how to navigate the complexities of life, assess the world around them, and become critical thinkers. GCSU's skills-infused approach provides students with an advantage that employers are looking for and expands the personal and professional lives of their graduates.

The university offers undergraduate and graduate education and serves more than 7,000 students in the following colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business & Technology, the John H. Lounsbury College of Education, the College of Health Sciences, and the John E. Sallstrom Honors College. With its sprawling idyllic campus and talented faculty and staff, GCSU stands at the forefront of offering a holistic liberal arts education. Its students are engaged citizens who are encouraged to think independently and lead creatively as they acquire the skills to navigate life-long challenges.

Georgia College & State University is one of 26 institutions in the University System of Georgia (USG) and consistently ranks among the top three universities within the USG in terms of student success, student retention, and graduation rates. GCSU also ranks 21st on U.S. News & World Report's Best Regional Universities - South and is recognized as a top university in the nation by the Princeton Review, Forbes Higher Education, and Kiplinger's. Georgia College & State University is located in historic Milledgeville, Georgia: a charming, diverse college town of approximately 19,000 residents in Central Georgia, approximately 90 miles southeast of Atlanta.

Cathy Cox became Georgia College's 12th President on October 1, 2021. Prior to joining Georgia College, Cox served as dean for the Mercer University School of Law from 2017 - 2021 and president of Young Harris College for a decade prior to that. A native of Bainbridge, Georgia, and former Secretary of State, Cox's distinguished career in law, education, politics, and journalism embodies what it means to have a liberal arts background.

The Vice President for University Advancement (VPUA) is the chief advancement officer for the university and advises the President on all matters pertaining to the management and operation of university development, alumni relations, and donor relations. Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President will advise the President and members of the Executive Cabinet on all aspects of development and donor and alumni engagement. The VPUA will effectively promote the university's liberal arts mission as correlated with giving and engagement goals. The Vice President serves as the Executive Director of the GCSU Foundation, Inc. and its associated corporate entities.

The VPUA will work closely with the President and the GCSU Foundation Board of Trustees to set a strategic direction for university fundraising. The VPUA is responsible for the development, execution, and evaluation of all aspects of the University's comprehensive donor-centric fund-raising and engagement program, including its annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, legacy giving, donor relations, alumni relations, research and prospect management, advancement services, donor cultivation and stewardship, and the management of capital programs activities, as required.

A bachelor's degree and demonstrated experience in building and sustaining a high-performing, donor-centric development operation is required for the role.

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 found at

WittKieffer is assisting Georgia College in this search. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Mercedes Chacon Vance, Jessica Herrington, and Sarah Seavey

Georgia College is committed to the fundamental principle of equal employment opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee and strives to create a campus environment which understands, fosters, and embraces the values of diversity and inclusion. No person shall, on the grounds of race, genetic information, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity conducted by Georgia College.


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