Princeton University has named its first vice president for advancement. Kevin Heaney, acting vice president for development, has been appointed to the new post, effective immediately.
Heaney joined Princeton in 2015 after more than 20 years in fundraising leadership at other universities. He will oversee the school’s office of development and the office of alumni affairs, managing a staff of more than 180 people.
“I am delighted that Kevin Heaney has agreed to serve as Princeton University’s first vice president for advancement,” President Christopher Eisgruber said. “During his time at Princeton, Kevin has shown an ability to combine a deep appreciation for this University’s distinctive alumni culture with insights drawn from his experiences on other campuses. His professionalism, strategic insight, managerial skills and energetic commitment to Princeton, to its alumni, and to achieving the University’s mission distinguished him from other strong candidates in an international search. I look forward to his leadership as we develop a distinctive advancement model at Princeton, and to working closely with him in the years ahead.”
Heaney will play a key role in designing the next university campaign to raise funds for priorities named in the strategic planning framework that the school’s trustees adopted earlier this year. Princeton’s last campaign — Aspire — was completed in 2012 and raised more than $1.75 billion.
Heaney will serve as a member of the president’s cabinet, and he will work with Eisgruber to maintain positive relationships with key University donors and stakeholders, as well as the alumni body, school officials said.
“I am very grateful to President Eisgruber for this opportunity and I look forward to working with my colleagues and Princeton’s remarkable alumni to help advance the mission of this great University,” Heaney said.
Since March of this year, Heaney has served as acting vice president for development. He came to Princeton in March 2015 as deputy vice president for development.
While at Princeton, Heaney has launched innovative approaches to stewardship and donor engagement, emphasizing staff collaboration, school officials said. This fiscal year, the development office, in partnership with campus colleagues and alumni volunteers, exceeded a fundraising target of $262 million.
Previously, Heaney worked at the Oregon State University Foundation for nearly a decade. He has also has held development positions at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University.
Heaney earned a law degree from Boston College and has a master’s in higher education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Cincinnati.