From the Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Engagement

V.P. for Development
It is a privilege to lead the Division of Advancement and Alumni Engagement during one of the most exciting times in the history of The University of Texas at San Antonio. We are focused on increasing public and private giving through positive relationships with alumni, corporations, and friends of UTSA in order to position the university as a premier multicultural research institution focused on student success, research excellence, and strategic growth.

In 2017, President Taylor Eighmy launched a 10-Year Strategic Plan and our Roadrunner Community is working to grow our university to 45,000 students by 2028. We also have plans underway to maintain Carnegie R1 Classification and earn National Research University Fund eligibility. In addition, our Campus Master Plan includes expanding the downtown campus to create a new high-tech corridor in the heart of San Antonio. UTSA’s trajectory is exhilarating and the passion of our students, faculty, and staff inspires us to find opportunities for development every day.

As we position UTSA to become a premier multicultural research institution, the support of our alumni and friends plays a critical role. Across our departments of Advancement, Alumni Relations, Operations and Talent Management, Corporation & Foundation Engagement, and Athletic Development, we are focused on earning support for the university's strategic destinations: to be a model for student success, to be a great research university, and to be an exemplar for strategic growth and innovative excellence. We are excited to watch UTSA and San Antonio evolve and thrive together, and we look forward to sharing these outstanding achievements with you as the momentum continues.

With gratitude,

Karl Miller-Lugo
V.P. for Advancement and Alumni Engagement

The Impact of Giving

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The Mission of the Office of the Vice President of Division of Advancement and Alumni Engagement (VPAAE) is to:

  • Support UTSA’s mission to be a model for student success and a great public research university through successful fundraising and alumni engagement while partnering with other university divisions to leverage internal resources and communicate to all UTSA constituents, strengthening the university’s reputation among key stakeholder groups. 

  • Create and maintain positive relationships with external partners including individual donors, corporations, foundations, civic and non-profit organizations, and other institutions to create philanthropic and engagement opportunities that support student scholarships, graduate fellowships, endowed faculty positions, special programs, research initiatives, and capital projects. VPDAR also maintains strong and productive ties with UTSA alumni throughout the world.

Within our departments of DevelopmentOperations and Talent ManagementAlumni Relations, Corporation & Foundation Engagement, and Athletic Development, we are telling the UTSA story while creating opportunities for donors, alumni, and other supporters to be part of our important journey toward the university's strategic destinations:

  • UTSA will be a Model for Student Success

  • UTSA will be a Great Research University

  • UTSA will be an Exemplar for Strategic Growth and Innovative Excellence