UR Leaders

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Jackie Lewis
Vice President of University Relations


The Vice President oversees the Division of University Relations (UR), comprised of approximately 250 of the most talented and dedicated advancement professionals in the nation.

The Office of the Vice President directly supports the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) Foundation Board of Trustees and manages UR's offices of University Special Events, Donor Relations and Stewardship, Prospect Management and Research, Campaign Operations, and Board Engagement and Operations.

Each other major unit within the division is directly managed by a member of UR senior staff. Those areas include University Development, the University of Maryland Alumni Association, Strategic Communications and UR Administration and Finance. UR Senior Staff also serve ex-officio as president, secretary and treasurer of the UMCP Foundation.

Jackie Lewis was appointed Vice President for University Relations and President of the UMCP Foundation in 2017, after serving in senior advancement leadership roles at Iowa, Ohio State, Arizona State and medical centers in Illinois and Iowa.

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Cynthia (Cindy) Allen
Associate Vice President, Finance & Operations, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, UMCPF


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JR Blackburn
Associate Vice President, University Development


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Amy Eichhorst
Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations
Executive Director, Alumni Association


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Bernadette Maldonado
Assistant Vice President of University Relations


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Associate Vice President, Strategic Communications