Office of the Vice President

Engaging the Community in Campus Life

Peter Smits, vice president for University Advancement, is the chief fundraising officer for the University. The vice president provides leadership by building substantive relationships with community leaders, alumni, faculty, staff, and parents. Through fundraising, stewardship, public affairs, and publications, the campus is able to leverage private support to enhance and expand access to higher education.

The division's mission is to encourage and promote the involvement and support of others, and to advance the University in creating high-quality educational experiences for our students. At University Advancement, everything we do for our constituents is rooted in our core values: Integrity, Service, and Impact.