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UTA appoints Kris Muñoz Vetter as associate vice president for development

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 • Media Contact: Kristin Sullivan

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The University of Texas at Arlington has appointed Kris Muñoz Vetter, a proven fundraising professional with success in public and private higher education environments, as associate vice president for development.

Kris Muñoz Vetter

Kris Muñoz Vetter

Vetter will lead the day-to-day operations of the University’s philanthropic programs, working under the leadership of Michael Kingan, vice president for development and alumni relations, to advance UTA’s mission of being a pre-eminent institution focused on academic and research excellence and one that sets the standard as the model 21st century urban university.

Vetter previously served as executive director for principal gifts at Southern Methodist University where she helped secure a $45 million gift from the Meadows Foundation, the largest single contribution in the university’s history. Before joining SMU, she was an assistant dean for development and external affairs at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture.

“Kris brings a wealth of expertise and a strong community network,” Kingan said. “She was raised in North Texas, and the majority of her professional work has been conducted in North Texas. Kris is a successful fundraiser and a demonstrated leader. I am so pleased that she is joining our great team at UTA.”

Vetter’s first day at UTA will be Nov. 11.

Vetter said, “UTA’s strategic focus on research with global impact and its rapid rise on the national and international stage make it an institution that resonates with supporters. This is a university that is providing students from incredibly diverse backgrounds the opportunity to realize their dreams. I’m fortunate to be joining the UTA team at this exciting moment.”

UTA raised more than $24.5 million in gifts and commitments in the 2014-15 fiscal year, ending Aug. 31. The funds provided crucial scholarships, support for faculty and enhanced research activity. As part of the Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions | Global Impact, the University aims to substantially increase its philanthropic program this decade.

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 51,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System.  The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UTA as one of the 20 fastest-growing public research universities in the nation in 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as a “Best for Vets” college by Military Times magazine. Visit to learn more, and find UTA rankings and recognition at