New advancement VP to begin June 1

April 30, 2015

Dear faculty and staff,

UNT is the largest university in the North Texas region, with 36,000 students and 377,000 alumni across the world — 250,000 of whom live and work in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. But our donor relations and fundraising don’t yet fully reflect our reach or our impact.

We’re focused on changing that to create a more vigorous culture of support for our institution. I’m excited to announce that we have found an experienced, forward-thinking leader to help UNT take our donor relations and fundraising operations to the next level. Our new vice president for advancement, David Wolf, is a UNT alumnus who has more than a decade of experience in higher education fundraising. Having earned his Ph.D. in higher education here, he knows firsthand the excellent education experience that we provide. His combination of fundraising savvy and his personal connection to UNT will resonate strongly with our donors and stakeholders, and I believe it will bring about much more active and effective donor relations. 

David has extensive experience in donor relations, planned gifts and fundraising campaigns, most recently serving as executive director of individual giving at UCLA where he leads and manages fundraising and engagement operations. At UCLA, he increased regional giving by 20 percent and raised more than $50 million in gifts. David also helped develop and implement a new crowd-funding resource and successfully developed young alumni and student giving programs. You can learn more about David’s background in the attached news release

Hiring a VP for advancement was a top priority in UNT’s 2014-15 Action Plan because the position is critical to our future. I’m excited that David brings a modern approach to donor relations and fundraising, and has been successful at engaging alumni of all ages. Doing those things here will be key to helping UNT move forward. I want to thank Eileen Moran for the great job she did serving as acting vice president for advancement and keeping things running smoothly.

Please join me in giving David a warm welcome from the UNT community.

UNT Proud,

Neal Smatresk