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University Advancement

(Development, Alumni Relations and Volunteer Relations)

The Division of University Advancement serves the University of Houston by creating awareness and building and strengthening relationships with diverse constituencies that encourage and generate investment in and support of the university, its mission, programs, research and initiatives.

University Advancement includes fund development, alumni relations, volunteer relations, and donor and alumni information and services for the university’s fifteen colleges, athletics, M.D. Anderson Library, student affairs and Houston Public Media, including corporate and foundations relations, annual giving and planned giving offices. The division’s services incorporate gift management and reporting, strategic donor and alumni communications, events, donor relations, and business services and operations. The division has a professional and support staff of more than 145 team members.

Office of University Advancement
University of Houston
221 E. Cullen Building
Houston, Texas 77204-2013

Contact Information
Phone: (713) 743-4708
Toll free: (877) 755-0559
Fax: (713) 743-0946

Advancement Senior Leadership

Eloise Brice
Vice Chancellor/Vice President for University Advancement
(713) 743-8872

Benjamin Spofford
Chief of Staff to the Vice Chancellor/Vice President for University Advancement
(713) 743-5570

Bob Leaumont
Associate Vice President for Advancement Operations
(713) 743-9558

Russell Dunlavy
Associate Vice President for Development
(713) 743-4209

Rebecca M. Gentry
Assistant Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
(713) 743-3573

Mike Pede
Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations
University of Houston Alumni Association 
(713) 743-9551

Wayne Smith
Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts
Office of Principal Gifts
(713) 743-8197