Georgia State University (GSU), a public research university in Atlanta, Georgia, invites nominations and applications for the position of vice president for advancement and alumni and president of the Georgia State University Foundation (VPA).
The vice president will lead a large and complex advancement operation for GSU, the most comprehensive higher education institution in the state, offering more than 250 undergraduate and graduate degree programs spread across 12 academic colleges and schools with several thousand employees over six campuses. GSU has over 52,000 students, hailing from every county in Georgia, every state in the U.S., and 170 countries. GSU has an economic impact on the Atlanta economy of $2.92 billion annually.
Reporting to and working in close concert with President M. Brian Blake and the foundation board, the new vice president will join an energized and ambitious leadership team. The VPA will have the opportunity to play a principal role in advancing a university deeply committed to and engaged with the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia, and eager to continue moving ahead into a new era of excellence and prosperity. Accomplishing these ambitions will require a leader steeped in best practices and experienced at change management. The vice president will build and sustain strong and sincere interpersonal relationships both internally and externally, will demonstrate a track record of major and principal gift fundraising success, and will possess the leadership and managerial acumen necessary to galvanize a large and complex institution.
The vice president will have a collaborative approach to leadership as a hands-on executive in an advancement program of similar or greater complexity and scope. The new leader will resonate with the particular mission and history of GSU and demonstrate significant intellectual curiosity, characterized by the ability to translate the work of the faculty and the college’s programs into philanthropic and community support. It will be important for the new vice president to have experience working directly with and managing the activities of an affiliated foundation and its board of directors. The VPA will have a superior strategic ability at the prospect, departmental, and institutional levels and have comfort with and the capacity to leverage technology to support a robust and contemporary approach to outreach and communication.
GSU seeks a vice president who will mentor the team, continue to raise it to a new level of quality and effectiveness, and build on a strong culture of collaboration and collegiality. Collaborative leadership skills are imperative as this organization responds to increasing expectations for philanthropy. Integration of best practices is expected to improve both results and performance within all areas of development on the GSU campus. The new VPA will have broad authority to shape and build a development program in the annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, major gifts and gift planning programs, endowment, capital campaigns, alumni and constituent relations efforts, stewardship, and advancement services. The vice president will take leadership in guiding the institution through and fulfilling the goals of its current $750 million capital campaign.
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 available on this page.
WittKieffer is assisting Georgia State University in this search, which will remain open until an appointment is made.
Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.
Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Mercedes Chacón Vance, Greg Duyck, and Jevon Walton
The Georgia State University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.