You are here

  • Campus Community

Announcement: UMD Vice President of University Relations (VP-UR)

July 18, 2017
Dear University of Maryland faculty and staff,
I am pleased to announce our new VP-UR, starting on August 28, 2017: Jacqueline (Jackie) Lewis, currently the Senior VP for Development at The University of Iowa Foundation. 
Overview of experience: She has an extensive and successful record, primarily at three research universities (Iowa, Ohio State, Arizona State). As she rose up through the ranks as a development officer, the scope of her fundraising responsibilities broadened, from the academic health sciences to the entire university . 
When promoted to executive positions, she proved to be a strategic leader and a skilled manager of development professionals, empowering her staff and building strong teams. She work ed collaboratively with faculty, staff, and administrative colleagues across all units of the institution. A fundraiser at heart, she always maintained a portfolio of principal gifts prospects.
Her performance at different universities show ed that she learned quickly the culture of a particular institution and work ed effectively within it, while bringing fresh perspectives to the ongoing renewal of an organization.
Iowa: 2010 - present: As Senior VP, Ms. Lewis leads a team of 160 professionals who cover the spectrum of fundraising, donor relations, friend-raising, marketing, and communications. She led the design and implementation of a 5-year strategic plan and helped oversee th e completion of a $2 B comprehensive campaign.
Previously, she was VP for Development for the health sciences colleges and medical center.   She credits her team of 40 development professionals for the successful completion of a $52 5M campaign to support research, education, facilities and patient care.
Her experience in health sciences development will be an asset, given our strategic partnership with the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Our two campuses are expanding our joint initiatives in fundraising as well as in education, research, and innovation.
Ohio State: 2006 - 2010: She rose from Assistant VP to Interim Associate VP for development and alumni affairs at the OSU Medical Center, overseeing 45 professional staff in 11 academic medicine units and 6 health sciences schools.
A s a member of Ohio State's senior management team, she helped oversee all fundraising units on campus, and set goals and metrics for raising $300M to $400M annually in private support. 
Arizona State: 2003 - 2006: Ms. Lewis started a t ASU as a VP, leading 60 development professionals in all colleges and centers, raising $100 M annually. 
She was promoted to Senior VP for University Initiatives, responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting transformational gifts. She implemented a strategy to raise $ 100M and $ 3 0 0 M for two academic initiatives. 
On Arizona State's executive management team, she had leadership responsibility for fundraising strategy, staffing priorities, and budgeting for all development units on campus. 
Medical centers: 1998 - 2003: She ascended from director of annual giving to the top development position at medical centers in Illinois and Iowa, setting new records in fundraising. 
State and federal politics:1987 - 1998: Ms. Lewis began her career in the political arena, serving as press secretary, deputy campaign director, and finance director in presidential, congressional and gubernatorial campaigns in Iowa. She recruited, trained and directed field staff and volunteers; oversaw communications with state and national press corps; coordinated campaign events; and did political fundraising. 

She took a break from politic s to serve as development director for the American Diabetes Association (1991 - 1995) at its Texas and Iowa affiliates, lifting the donor base and annual support to new heights.
She received the B.S. in journalism and mass communications from Iowa State University.
Division of University Relations: Due to tragic circumstances, the top position has remained unfilled (on a full-time basis) for a year. I am grateful to the senior staff, Brian Ullmann and Barb Quinn, for serving ably on an acting basis. I also want to express my appreciation to the entire University Relations staff for carrying on faithfully and well their responsibilities in this transition period.  
UMD will launch the next comprehensive campaign in the near future, building upon several years of record fundraising. This success is due to the exceptional work by staff, campus leaders, and volunteers under the overall VP-UR leadership of Peter Weiler. However, there are staff vacancies that must be filled, and decisions that must be made, before we catapult into campaign mode. 
Now is the time for seasoned, strategic, and stable leadership and management. Jackie Lewis is thrilled to be a Terp and eager to begin. She will return soon to meet with all the University Relations staff prior to her start date.
Thank you to the members of the search committee, chaired by Dean Alex Triantis of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Also, thank you to all who provided comments on the candidates. Your engagement led to this auspicious announcement.
Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland 
cc: UMCP Foundation Board of Trustees and Alumni Board of Governors