CU-Boulder appoints new vice chancellor for advancement

Published: Aug. 27, 2014

University of Colorado Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano today announced the appointment of Aaron Conley as vice chancellor for advancement effective Sept. 22.

Conley is currently the vice president for development and alumni relations at the University of Texas at Dallas where he was chief strategist for the recent UT Dallas comprehensive campaign that surpassed original campaign goals and almost doubled the total endowment.

“Aaron Conley has a proven record of leading change and surpassing fundraising goals at a number of high-level research institutions,” DiStefano said. “I’m confident he has the vision and energy to inspire greater engagement with constituents and put the university on the path to significantly increase campus fundraising.”

As vice chancellor for advancement, Conley will report to DiStefano and will be responsible for more than 100 staff members in major and principal gifts, athletics fundraising, alumni relations, parent programs, volunteer engagement and an operating budget of approximately $9 million.

Over the last 20 years, Conley has held positions with increasing responsibility at universities across the country. He was executive director of development and alumni relations at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering from 2003 to 2008, assistant dean for development at Florida State University’s College of Business from 2001 to 2003 and the major gifts officer at Purdue University’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1999 to 2001.

“The University of Colorado Boulder is a very special place, not just to its alumni and friends, but also among our nation’s top academic institutions,” Conley said. “This is a critical time for higher education and I look forward to working with Chancellor DiStefano and the university’s supporters to ensure CU’s great tradition of excellence continues.”

Conley earned a doctorate in higher education from Indiana University where he also held multiple positions on the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses from 1993 to 1999. He has a master’s degree in geography from Indiana State University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and telecommunications from the University of Evansville. In addition, he attended the Institute of Educational Management at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in 2013.

Malinda Miller-Huey, 303-492-3115

Aaron Conley (Photo courtesy Aaron Conley)