About the Division

University Relations

University Relations mission is to advance the University of Maryland through sustained philanthropy, meaningful engagement and a preeminent global brand.

University Relations is comprised of approximately 300 of the most talented and dedicated advancement professionals in the nation. The division includes five sub-units: the Office of University Development, the University of Maryland Alumni Association, the Office of Strategic Communications, the Office of Finance and Administration and the Office of Donor Support Services.

University Relations also directly supports the University of Maryland College Park Foundation (UMCPF) Board of Trustees and its operations.

Jacqueline 'Jackie' Lewis

Vice President, University Relations
President, UMCPF



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.

University Development

The Office of University Development is responsible for fundraising at the University of Maryland, including all schools, colleges and other units.

  • Annual Giving
  • Corporate and Foundation Relations
  • Gift Planning
  • Principal Gifts
  • Schools, Colleges, Units and Regional Major Gifts

JR Blackburn

Associate Vice President, University Development



Donor Support Services

The Office of Donor Support Services complements the major engagement and fundraising strategies of University Relations. The team takes a client and donor-centric approach toward their work, utilizing a research mindset that propels the operation forward. The Office of Donor Support Services cherishes the lifetime value of the university’s alumni, donors and volunteers.

  • Campaign Planning
  • Donor Relations and Stewardship
  • Prospect Management and Research
  • Special Events
  • UMCPF Board of Trustees Operations

Bernadette Maldonado

Assistant Vice President, University Relations
Vice President and Secretary of UMCPF



Alumni Association

The University of Maryland Alumni Association is a leader of a powerful community of Terps all over the globe, 377,000 strong. The Alumni Association is the hub of engagement and provides professional, academic and social opportunities for our alumni and friends.

  • Alumni Advocacy
  • Engagement and Outreach
  • Membership
  • Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

Amy Eichhorst

Executive Director,
Alumni Association



Administration and Finance

The Office of Administration and Finance is responsible for core business functions that support the entire University Relations division and the UMCPF.

  • Business Applications
  • Gift Acceptance
  • Human Resources
  • IT Services
  • UMCPF Financial Management

Cynthia (Cindy) Allen

Associate Vice President, Finance and Operations
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, UMCPF



Strategic Communications

Strategic Communications builds the UMD brand and strengthens the university's position as a top 10 flagship institution by communicating with integrity, creativity and strategy.

  • Creative Strategy
  • Digital Experience
  • University Communications
  • University Marketing

Joel Seligman

Associate Vice President, Strategic Communications