Drury University seeks a talented and energetic leader to serve as the next Executive Vice President for University Advancement (EVPUA). Founded in 1873 as a private liberal arts college, Drury is located on a 90-acre residential campus in the historic midtown district of Springfield, Missouri. Drury offers its 2,679 students a blend of life credentials and career credentials, allowing them to pursue their intellectual passions while giving them the tools they need to be technically proficient and career-ready. Through this intentional combination of study in professional and non-professional areas, students learn to be flexible, innovative and creative problem solvers who go on to blend career, calling, life, community, self and service. The university’s guiding purpose is to transform student lives through personalized education and its culture emphasizes a spirit of community, passionate about student success.
The Executive Vice President for University Advancement serves as the chief fundraising officer for the university. This person works closely with the President on major and principal gifts and is expected to assign and manage staff to identify, cultivate, solicit, recognize and steward donors. In addition, this individual will carry a portfolio of major donor prospects. Serving as a vital member of the President’s Leadership Team, the successful candidate advises the President, leadership team and the Board of Trustees on issues related to University Advancement. Drury has raised a significant amount of funds in the quiet phase of the “Go Beyond” campaign. The new Executive Vice President will lead this comprehensive campaign and will be at the center in helping to craft, refine and test the remaining potential priorities list and in establishing appropriate fundraising goals for operations, capital projects and endowment.
This is a great opportunity to build a robust Advancement program and to cultivate and mentor new staff additions to achieve peak productivity and performance. The Board of Trustees has committed to support the expansion of the Advancement program and the president has an advancement background and is engaged and involved as appropriate in all advancement and fundraising activities.
The successful candidate must have a bachelor’s degree and a significant and progressive record of successful leadership in higher education or a related field commensurate with the requirements and expectations for this very senior role.
More information about Drury University and the EVPUA search, including position responsibilities and qualifications, is available through the profile link above.
Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, a resume and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to: DruryEVPUA@academicsearch.org. Best consideration will be given to applications received by Monday, May 17, 2021.
Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Die Hasselmo at Ann.Hasselmo@academicsearch.org and Chris Butler at Chris.Butler@academicsearch.org.
Drury University is an open and welcoming community from a rich variety of cultures, races and socio-economic backgrounds. The mission and goals of the university dedicate the institution to being a community which “affirms the quality and worth of all peoples” and appreciates the “diversity of human culture, language, history and experience.”
Drury University does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or veteran status in its programs and activities.