Regent University Executive Search

Regent University, a leading, globally-expanding institution for Christian higher education, seeks an accomplished leader to serve as the next Vice President for Advancement. The successful candidate must provide comprehensive, visionary leadership that will advance the mission of Regent University. Regent is one of the fastest growing universities in America that offers 135 areas of study at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels and enrolls more than 10,000 students worldwide.

Job Description

The Vice President for Advancement provides leadership for services related to the Advancement of the University. The individual in this position is responsible for supporting the CEO in a successful University-wide fund development effort, including annual fund initiatives, both corporate and foundation relations, planned and deferred giving, and special events. The Vice President for Advancement advises the CEO and other senior leadership on revenue generation and constituency development working to implement the strategic plan for Regent University. The individual in this position also is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the University’s relationships with targeted constituents and for increasing the University’s image and reputation with key publics. The Vice President for Advancement provides guidance and training to the Advancement staff in biblical stewardship, comprehensive fund development programs, and institutional marketing and communications. The Vice President for Advancement supervises the departments of Advancement, Alumni Relations, and Special Events.


Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate for the position will possess:

  • A clear, compelling, and convincing Christian commitment, exhibiting a lifestyle consistent with the mission of Regent University
  • Seasoned development professional, preferably with significant, successful experience in the higher education sector
  • A track record of leading or significantly contributing to successful capital campaigns in excess of $100M
  • A track record of personal responsibility for at least ten $10M+ gifts within professional portfolio
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement planned giving and annual campaigns which achieved or exceeded established goals
  • A track record of success in developing new advancement initiatives and leading change
  • Proven ability to establish policies informed by advancement and philanthropic best practice, and to collaborate effectively with the campus community to ensure appropriate prioritization of opportunities and adherence to established policies
  • At least 10 years of experience in a leadership position and proven leadership ability
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree strongly desired.
  • Broad experience in development activities in the private sector with at least 10 years of experience in fund development or sales and marketing. Experience in teaching ministry, general administration, financial management, development supervision, communications and marketing, and extensive coordination with trustees is desired.

To apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to the Human Resources Department:

Regent University Human Resources Department
Phone: 757.352.4070

Regent University does not discriminate in employment in its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age or veteran status.

About Regent University

Founded in 1978, Regent University has nearly 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Va., and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from a Christian perspective in 135+ program areas including business, communication, the arts, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing, healthcare, and psychology. Currently, Regent University is ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report and is one of only 22 universities nationally to receive an “A” rating for its comprehensive liberal arts core curriculum.

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