Vice President University Relations

University of the South
Tennessee, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 26, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


Vice President University Relations

The University of the South seeks nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for University Relations.

The University of the South, familiarly known as Sewanee, is one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, an institution of the Episcopal Church, with a distinguished undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences, a leading graduate School of Theology, and an innovative School of Letters offering summer master’s degree programs in literature and creative writing.  In an environment of intense intellectual engagement, Sewanee students are challenged to live the life of the mind and to apply their education to the complexities of our time through leadership roles in society. 

Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor and President of the institution, the Vice President for University Relations is the chief advancement officer for the institution, member of the Executive Leadership Council and the Vice-Chancellor and President’s cabinet and has full oversight of the University Relations strategy for the University. The Vice President for University Relations will be a thoughtful, strategic, and driven partner to the Vice-Chancellor and they will work closely together to further cultivate and foster relationships with institutional partners and supporters.

The Office of University Relations comprises the advancement, alumni, and parent programs, and marketing and communication operations. Sewanee has more than 19,000 living alumni, whose avidity for the institution, the faculty, and their fellow alumni manifests itself in lifelong engagement and support. Sewanee recently concluded their Stronger, Truer, Sewanee campaign with $296 million raised; exceeding their $250 million goal. The team raises an average of $23 million per year ($34.5 million in gifts, pledges and planned gifts) and the Sewanee Fund enjoys over 36% participation from College graduates.  

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Please send all confidential nominations, inquiries and expressions of interest to:

Susan VanGilder, Managing Director

Kenna Boyd, Managing Associate

The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, comprises a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The University is strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and living and serving in community. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and seeks to help employees of all backgrounds and identities flourish.



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