Vice President for University Advancement Search

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Role of the Vice President for University Advancement

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 internal and external understanding and support of 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 corporations.  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 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. 

The Vice President oversees the advancement operation with a staff of 25 responsible for campaign programs, university development, advancement services, and alumni affairs respectively.  The VPUA will work to strengthen and support the University Advancement Team. 

The Vice President will serve as a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet and the President’s Council, working closely with senior administration and faculty leaders to evaluate university priorities, design and recommend strategies to achieve fundraising objectives, contribute to strategic planning, and provide leadership to an institution with a vision of becoming a preeminent public liberal arts institution.

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Search Timeline

January 2022

  • January 21 - Search Committee Kickoff Meeting

February 2022

  • Early February - Stakeholder Listening Session
  • Early February - Leadership Profile and Ad Finalized
  • February (through March) - Recruitment and Candidate Evaluation
  • Late February - Search Update Meeting with Committee

March 2022

  • Late March - Candidate Selection Meeting

April 2022

  • Early April - Semi-Finalist Interviews
  • Mid-April - Finalist Interviews
  • Mid-April - Finalist Selection


  • Search Conclusion
  • Appointment Begins
Search Committee
Name Title
Banks, Ashley Staff Council Representative/Accountant for University Advancement
Crook, Max Foundation Board Representative
Fruitticher, Lee Search Chair/Vice President for Finance and Administration
Fuller, Robert Alumni Board Representative
Hines, Elizabeth University Advancement Representative/Associate VP for Donor Engagement
Odeh, Omar President's Division Representative/Associate VP for Strategic Communications
Parker, Logan Student Representative/SGA
Stratton, Micheal Faculty Representative/Dean of the College of Business
Sumowski, Rob Senate Representative/Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Whatley, Sarah Student Life Representative/Executive Assistant to VP for Student Life
Search Committee Charge
  • The search committee shall work collaboratively to identify and recommend to the President a slate of at least three qualified candidates to serve as Vice President for University Advancement.
  • The search shall be national in scope, and search committee members cannot apply.
  • The search committee chair will serve as the spokesperson for the search committee; this is vitally important to help prevent the appearance of mixed messaging.
  • The committee shall review the position description for essential qualifications.
  • The committee shall establish a reasonable timeline for the search.
  • The committee shall recommend a list of appropriate advertising sources to create a broad and diverse pool.
  • The committee shall observe all HR, legal, USG, and institutional guidelines throughout the process, to include completion of GC search committee training. 
  • The committee shall approve the elements that are needed to create a search website, to ensure transparency throughout the search process.
  • A detailed record of the work of the search committee must be kept. The search committee will need to maintain records, including notes, and keep the university informed of progress through the search website and FrontPage.
  • The committee shall act in a professional manner with appropriate candidate confidentiality throughout the search.  Each member of the search committee must agree to honor the commitment of confidentiality and sign a Confidentiality Agreement Form. Such an agreement from each person is essential to ensure an effective search. Consideration of prospects, nominees, and applicants must be done in a way that each member of this committee may speak candidly about a candidate’s qualifications without fear that their views will be made known outside the committee. 
  • The committee shall develop a matrix to guide in the hiring process that includes the essential qualifications of the position with special attention to our commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.
  • Search committee members need to be active participants in identifying potential applicants.
  • The committee shall screen applications to identify an initial group of qualified candidates to interview through a video interview.
  • The committee will be active in checking references of the final candidates.
  • The committee shall recommend three to four top candidates who will be invited to campus to interview.
  • The committee shall serve as coordinators to collect feedback from all of the stakeholders participating in the interviews. 
  • The committee shall deliberate, consider all input as well as their own insights and bring forward a determination of acceptable or not acceptable, as well as detailed strengths and weaknesses of each of the finalists.
  • The committee shall convey to the President their collective observations in order to inform the final selection by the President.