Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations
Reports to the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations (DAR).
About the position
The assistant vice president will be an externally focused visionary who builds and strengthens relationships with a diverse set of alumni volunteers and organizations while working in close concert with the university president, other senior leaders and faculty members. He or she will evolve the alumni relations program from its current stage of development, with its strategic plan as the guide, toward the level of best and breakthrough practices among peer institutions. The AVP will have independent and broad authority to work with university leadership to identify key deliverables, to refine the measures of effectiveness for the program, to reconstitute the volunteer governance and leadership of the organization and, thus, to move VCU into the vanguard of alumni organizations nationally. In accomplishing these important tasks, the AVP will establish strong, trusting relationships inside and outside the university, building a program whose whole exceeds the sum of its parts.
With a total student population of more than 31,000, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public research university located in the capital city of Richmond, VA. The VCU Health System is an urban teaching hospital and is home to VCU Medical Center, the #1 ranked medical center in the Richmond metropolitan area with the only Level I trauma center in central Virginia. Together they make VCU the largest employer in the city of Richmond (22,888 including VCU and VCU Health employees).
Founded in 1838 and currently belonging to the elite group of R1 – Doctoral Universities with Highest Research Activity by Carnegie Classification, VCU enrolls students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 108 countries. Students choose from 59 undergraduate, 69 master’s, 42 doctoral programs, three first-professional programs and 44 certificate programs offered by 11 schools and three colleges. With two main campuses on 173 acres in the historic downtown area, as well as satellite campuses located across the state and internationally, VCU boasts a diverse campus community, including approximately 43 percent of the student body identifying as minority, as well as an 18:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 500 student clubs and organizations.
One of the largest academic health centers in the nation with a 52-acre footprint one block from Capitol Square, VCU Health System also maintains over 2.5 million square feet of facilities in satellite locations surrounding the city, including research space at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. In addition to VCU Medical Center, the $3.2 billion health system includes Community Memorial Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, the Virginia Premier Health Plan (a 220,000-member non-profit Managed Care Organization), and the MCV Physicians (a faculty practice plan with more than 700 members and 770 residents and fellows).
- Chair, Melanie Seiler, Assistant Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Engagement
- Ellen Byrne, President, MCV Alumni Association
- Bethanie Constant Senior Director of Advancement, College of Humanities and Sciences
- Shannon Duvall, Chief Development Officer, School of Business
- Dale Kalkofen, President, VCU Alumni
- Timmy Nguyen, VCU Alumni
- Barbara Payton, Director of Development for Major Gifts, School Of Dentistry
- Larry Powell, Associate Director, Outreach and Engagement
- Michael Whitlow, VCU Alumni
- Jodi Smith, Senior Development Officer, Director of Constituent Relations, School of Medicine