Vice President for University Advancement

Position Overview

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Slippery Rock University (SRU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for University Advancement (VPUA).

Reporting to the University President and serving as a member of her cabinet, the Vice President for University Advancement functions as the university’s senior advancement officer and has responsibility for the units within University Advancement including Development and Advancement Services, Alumni Engagement, and University Events. The VPUA will provide direction for and drive a university-wide development strategy, coordinating with senior leadership, academic leaders, faculty, staff, coaches, the Slippery Rock University Foundation, Inc., and alumni to serve the mission of Slippery Rock and its colleges.

The VPUA will be an accomplished and dynamic advancement professional with demonstrated success in securing major gifts, experience with a capital and/or comprehensive campaign, knowledge of advancement “best practices”, a collaborative leadership style, and strong interpersonal and communications skills. Experience in a higher education environment in a senior advancement leadership role is highly preferred. 

A four-year, comprehensive university and leading member of the 10-member Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, SRU’s nearly 8,400 students have an opportunity to pursue more than 150 undergraduate programs and 40 graduate programs in five colleges: College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering and Science, College of Health Professions, and College of Liberal Arts. Slippery Rock University employs 965 faculty and staff, and 93% of SRU professors hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree. Slippery Rock University holds full institutional accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 19 other accrediting bodies for its programs.

Minimum and preferred qualifications, information regarding University Advancement and SRU can be found in the leadership profile located above.

Nominations and Applications

AGB Search is pleased to assist Slippery Rock University with this leadership search. To apply for the Vice President for University Advancement position, candidates are requested to submit the following:

  1. resume;
  2. a letter of interest that addresses how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics and priorities as expressed in this position profile;
  3. contact information for five references (to be contacted with candidate’s permission at a later date).

For best consideration, applications should be submitted by April 22, 2024, to the AGB Search portal at: SRU Vice President for University Advancement. The search will remain open until an appointment is made.

Nominations and expressions of interest in the Vice President for University Advancement position are encouraged. Please direct them to or to the AGB Search consultants listed below:

Kimberly Templeton, JD, Principal / 540.761.9494  

Joy Yablonsky, Executive Search Consultant / 215.934.1386

David Beacham, Executive Search Consultant / 864.809.3248
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, religion, age, disability, age/or veteran status in its programs or activities in accordance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies.