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President and Chief Executive Officer Storrs, CT

The University of Connecticut Foundation (Foundation) seeks an accomplished and seasoned development professional to serve as president and chief executive officer (CEO) and provide oversight to a comprehensive advancement operation that has generated considerable momentum over that last five years. The Foundation was formed to support the goals and aspirations of the University of Connecticut (UConn), one of the nation’s leading comprehensive, public research universities.  The position becomes available at a pivotal time in UConn’s history, as the University prepares for the arrival of a new president and continues its efforts to enhance academic programs; bolster research opportunities; and ensure that students have the skills and knowledge they need to be productive members of the global community.  

The president and CEO reports to the board of directors of the Foundation and supervises a team of 152 staff members. In collaboration with the president of the University, key academic and administrative leaders, and Foundation board members, the president and CEO will define and articulate a bold vision that will continue the upward trajectory of the advancement operation and build upon the excitement generated by the appointment of a new leader of the University. The president and CEO will foster a culture of achievement and innovation; set high expectations for the overall office and individual staff members; and ensure that all members of the UConn community—faculty, students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni—are meaningfully engaged in the life of the University.  

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of ten years experience leading an advancement operation to new levels of growth; a track record of success engaging key stakeholders and constituents and maximizing their level of philanthropic support; and an ability to recruit, mentor, and empower an effective, integrated team, and provide them with the support and opportunities they need for continued growth and development.  

Jack Gorman is leading this search with John Solmonese and Becky Wei Piper.

The University of Connecticut Foundation is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering diversity in its workforce.


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