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Vice President for University Advancement

Texas State University

Last Updated: 7/26/22

Job Description

Texas State University seeks a visionary, strategic, and results-oriented leader to serve as its vice president for university advancement (VPUA). The VPUA will report to the university's new president – Dr. Kelly Damphousse – and serve as a trusted advisor and member of the president's cabinet. The VPUA has oversight responsibility for all staff and activities involved in fundraising to support the programs of the university, including annual, planned, corporate, foundation and capital giving as well as all activities designed to engage alumni. The VPUA also serves as the executive director of the Texas State University Development Foundation.

The next vice president for university advancement will join Texas State at a critical time in its history. The university is entering the latter stages of its $250 million NEXT IS NOW campaign and has raised $200 million as of May 2022. The VPUA will play a key role in helping to complete the campaign, while also shaping the university's future fundraising strategy. Opportunities exist to further engage the university's 217,000 alumni – many of whom have graduated over the last three decades – and to continue to build relationships with non-alumni donors, corporations, and foundations. The VPUA will oversee a team of more than 50 staff.

Texas State encompasses multiple campuses and locations across central Texas, employs more than 7,000 faculty, staff, and students, and offers its nearly 38,000 students 98 bachelor’s, 91 master’s and specialists, and 14 doctoral degree programs through the following colleges: Applied Arts, McCoy College of Business, Education, Fine Arts and Communication, Health Professions, Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, University College, and The Graduate College. The university also has an Honors College. The university's students are diverse, closely reflecting the demographics of the State of Texas. Texas State is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a Hispanic Serving Institution and has the 12th largest Hispanic enrollment among public universities in the U.S. Texas State has long served a significant number of first-generation and Pell-eligible students, and University Advancement is central in attracting resources that support student access and success.

Texas State continues to grow in national prominence, and the vice president will be expected to shape and execute strategies that further elevate its reputation. In research, the university is currently Carnegie classified as a Doctoral University: High Research Activity and is laser-focused on raising its national research profile and becoming an R1 university. Given its location in the heart of the Texas Innovation Corridor between San Antonio and Austin and its burgeoning research and development park, Texas State is well-positioned for developing strong, robust partnerships that will elevate the research enterprise to even greater heights and spur entrepreneurial activity in the region. The university also receives national recognition through The Wittliff Collections (which is dedicated to the Southwest's literary, photographic, and musical arts), competition in NCAA Division I Athletics, and many other distinctive and impactful programs.

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 profile.

WittKieffer is assisting Texas State University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by September 9, 2022. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Ryan Crawford, Greg Duyck, and Jevon Walton at TXST-VPUA@wittkieffer.com.

Texas State University is committed to providing inclusive education and a work environment that offers equal opportunity and access to all qualified persons. Texas State, to the extent not in conflict with federal or state law, prohibits discrimination or harassment based on race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, veterans’ status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Texas State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, committed to inclusive thought and action in support of our diverse community. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups and all those who share our commitment to inclusivity and passion for the strength of our diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. Texas State is committed to increasing the number of women and minorities in faculty and senior administrative positions.

Texas State University seeks candidates whose professional background includes embracing a diversity of people and ideas, a spirit of inclusiveness, a global perspective, and a commitment to community-building. As a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, we are especially interested in applicants who share a commitment to equity, and the high-quality education of students from historically underserved and systematically marginalized communities. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.



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San Marcos, Texas, United States