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Robert D. Sweeney

Robert D. Sweeney

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The Senior Vice President for University Advancement supports the University’s fourfold mission of teaching, research, health care, and public service by providing resources and expertise to the University’s development community. In consultation with U.Va.’s schools and related foundations, University Advancement sets demanding guidelines for fundraising staff through policies and procedures that meet the highest ethical and professional standards. University Advancement directs regional and global fundraising and engagement initiatives, planned and annual giving, University arts development and corporate and foundation relations. It also provides infrastructure services, such as information technology, research, gift accounting, and donor relations.

The senior vice president also leads Advancement Communications, which supports a broad array of fundraising initiatives. In particular, creative staff in Editorial and Design develops print and electronic publications for Advancement Communications and the University’s leadership that illustrate the vital role played by private gifts in the life of this public University. Interactive Media supports engagement and fundraising efforts through the development of electronic and social media communications, allowing the University to reach out to its global community.