Edwardsville, IL

Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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Position Overview

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 public regional universities and by Washington Monthly as among the top 40 out of 673 private and public master’s universities nationally, provides students with a high-quality, affordable education and prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose to shape a changing world.

To build upon this enviable record of success and in support of its newly named chancellor, the University community invites applications and nominations for the position of vice chancellor for university advancement (VCUA) and CEO of the SIUE Foundation.

A metropolitan university, SIUE serves a diverse student body of more than 13,000. The University has enjoyed several years of record enrollment and increasing retention and is nearing completion of a $300 million infrastructure and building program. The Edwardsville campus encompasses 2,660 acres of woods and rolling hills in the scenic beauty of southwestern Illinois.

The University has a center in East St. Louis, including a charter high school; a nursing complex and a School of Pharmacy presence in Springfield; and a School of Dental Medicine in Alton. SIUE competes at the NCAA Division I level in the Ohio Valley Conference, the Missouri Valley Conference (men’s soccer) and the Southern Conference (wrestling). SIUE’s safety record has yielded a “Top 50 Safest College Towns in America” designation for the city of Edwardsville.

The University’s new vice chancellor will partner with Chancellor James Minor, whose term began March 1, 2022, to generate philanthropic investment in the institution’s exciting initiatives, including planning and executing a major campaign. The successful candidate will be an experienced major and principal gift fundraiser who demonstrates at least eight years of leadership experience in support of one or more institutions of similar or greater complexity.

Campaign experience is required, as are superior strategic skills at the institutional, departmental and prospect levels. Candidates with extensive, successful experience growing and leveraging constituent relations programs to ensure long-term success will be at an advantage. A bachelor’s degree is required, and an advanced degree is preferred. Experience with institutionally related foundations will be a distinct advantage.

SIUE’s new vice chancellor will join the institution at the ideal time to have a historic impact on the future of this great institution.

How To Apply

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 at www.wittkieffer.com.

WittKieffer is assisting Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by May 2, 2022.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Dennis Barden, Jeff Compher and Bree Liddell


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, national origin or sex in violation of Title VII. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville prohibits discrimination against employees, applicants for employment and students on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status.

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