This is a time of exciting transformation at one of the world’s great teaching and research institutions. In June 2016, Princeton decided to bring the Office of Alumni Affairs and the Office of Development under a single vice president to create the first comprehensive advancement model in Princeton’s history. This unprecedented shift takes place against a backdrop of other groundbreaking endeavors, set forth by University leadership, that will impact Princeton’s major priorities in the coming years.
This undertaking builds on an already impressive record. From 2001 to 2016, Princeton University was ranked either first or second among national universities by U.S. News & World Report, holding the top spot for 14 of those 16 years, including 2016. Princeton was ranked #1 in the 2015 and 2016 rankings for “best undergraduate teaching;” 7th in the 2014–15 Times Higher Education assessment of the world’s greatest universities; and 9th overall in the world and 5th among U.S. universities in the 2014/15 QS World University Rankings. Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. Independent, coeducational, and nondenominational, Princeton provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. It is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation’s service and the service of humanity.
The newly created Vice President for Advancement (VP) role is paramount to achieving Princeton’s goals. In this integral position, the VP will serve as the primary strategic partner to the President for cultivating and maintaining positive and productive relationships with the University’s highest level donors and key stakeholders, as well as with Princeton’s entire alumni body. The successful candidate will possess significant senior leadership experience in developing and executing a strategic vision; superb and persuasive communication skills; and the proven ability to inspire and motivate. Serving as a Princeton advocate and top fundraiser, the VP will demonstrate a passion for learning, an appreciation for the University’s unique culture, and the ability to sustain the promotion of Princeton long-term. Visionary and dynamic, the Vice President will be a highly successful senior advancement professional who, along with an exceptionally talented team, will help lead Princeton to new heights.