Vol. 18, No. 21Feb. 25, 1999

Robert R. Davis named alumni, development v.p.

Robert R. Davis, UD assistant vice president for alumni and University relations since 1997, has been named vice president for development and alumni relations, effective immediately, President David P. Roselle announced today.

"Bob Davis has performed outstandingly in a number of assignments and has headed alumni and University relations efforts for six years. His long-term management of University-wide programs and events has resulted in countless opportunities for very positive constituent interaction at our University," Roselle said. "We are lucky to have someone with his range of experience, expertise and dedication available for this important assignment.

"I am greatly indebted to Bob, not only for his countless contributions in the past to his alma mater, but especially now for his willingness to assume this new responsibility and carry forward the important work begun on the Campaign for Delaware," Roselle said.

The $225 million Campaign for Delaware is the University's first, comprehensive capital campaign in the institution's 255-year history.

The five-year campaign has specific objectives in support of the University's seven colleges, the library and intercollegiate athletics. The overall goal includes $50 million for student support, $35 million for faculty support, $40 million for academic program support, $50 million in capital support and $50 million in expendable gifts to the University.

To date, $105.2 million has been raised.

Provost Mel Schiavelli called Davis "ideally suited for the position because of his long relationship with the Alumni Association.

"He can be expected to build on that experience and develop many new friends for the University of Delaware," Schiavelli said. "The deans and I look forward to working closely with him on advancement issues in the academic program."

University Secretary Pete Hayward said, "Bob Davis' selection bodes extremely well for both the continued and growing success of the Campaign for Delaware. Bob brings to the job a lifelong knowledge of the people of Delaware. This knowledge is so important, since history demonstrates that state universities tend to raise most of their money from within the state.

"We are indeed fortunate to have a man of Bob's energy, commitment and love of this institution take on this challenging assignment," Hayward said.

Maxine Colm, vice president for administration, said, "Bob Davis is committed to the success of the University in all of its dimensions, and I am certain he will work tirelessly to help ensure that we achieve our goals for the Campaign for Delaware while providing outstanding leadership to the offices of development and alumni relations."

Davis, who holds two bachelor's degrees from UD and a master's degree in education administration from Bowling Green University, has been a UD employee since 1977. He previously was dean of students and director of public information at Wilmington College.

At UD, Davis has served in a number of capacities in the alumni relations office and the development office, including as director of research and records during the University's 150th anniversary capital campaign, which supported an addition to Morris Library as well as scholarships.

He was director of University relations in the Office of the President for nine years before becoming director of the combined offices of alumni and University relations in 1993. The combined office has responsibility for alumni activities and major academic ceremonies, including commencements, as well as other University-wide special events, ranging from the Performing Arts Series and Summer Arts Festival to parents programs.

Davis is a member of several campus committees, including the Trustee Committee on Honorary Degrees and Awards, the Faculty Senate Committee on Student and Faculty Honors and the Student Appellate Court.

He is active in numerous organizations, including the National Society of Fund-Raising Executives and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), as well as service on the boards of the New Castle Historical Society and the Amstel House Museum in New Castle.

He and his wife, Mary, have two sons. The family lives in New Castle.