Skip to content. Skip to main navigation.

UTA appoints first vice president for advancement

The University of Texas at Arlington has appointed Deborah (Dee) J. Robinson, Vice President for Development at the University of Cincinnati Foundation, as its first Vice President of Institutional Advancement. In this newly created position, Robinson will lead a division formed by the merging of the previous Office of Development and Alumni Relations, and University Communications. The division will focus on furthering public understanding, recognition, and positioning of UTA and its important mission as a leading public research university, and to develop financial and resource support for the institution. The integration of efforts will better enable a range of activities that further build strong support and lasting relationships with a variety of constituencies, including students, alumni, community members, donors, media, parents and friends.

Deborah (Dee) J. Robinson

Deborah (Dee) J. Robinson was named the first vice president for institutional advancement at UTA.

An exemplary fundraiser and advancement professional, Robinson brings more than 20 years of leadership and management experience through previous positions as Vice President for University Advancement and related development work at major universities. As the Vice President for Development for the University of Cincinnati Foundation, she led and managed the comprehensive campaign priority planning process and fundraising for the ongoing campaign at the University of Cincinnati, raising more than $1.2 billion as of December 2017.

At UTA, Robinson will lead the institution’s integrated advancement efforts in partnership with University leaders, deans, development and advisory board members, and alumni and constituent leaders. She will also lead efforts to strategically position UTA’s brand internally, and globally, and oversee an integrated communication and marketing strategy.

“I am excited by the level of demonstrated success and experience that Dee brings to UTA. Her strategic leadership and ability to enhance community among alumni and direct successful fundraising campaigns will be a tremendous asset to UTA,” said President Vistasp Karbhari. “In addition, she brings keen knowledge and experience related to positioning and communication, important factors as we continue our progress toward setting new standards of excellence as an internationally renowned urban public research university. I look forward to working with her as UTA enters a new phase in its advancement efforts.”

Prior to joining the University of Cincinnati Foundation, Robinson held senior development and advancement positions at Radford University, Florida Atlantic University, Vermont School of Law and Dartmouth Medical School, achieving record levels of giving and engagement with alumni and the community. In addition to her success in leading campaigns, she brings proven experience in talent recruitment and retention, communication and marketing. At the University of Cincinnati, she also served as the primary liason for international education development foundation efforts.

“UTA’s vision and aspiration to become the Model 21st Century Urban Research University and the broad commitment of faculty, alumni, donors and staff to support this vision, is what attracted me to this position,” said Robinson. “Working together to support cohesive messaging, engagement and development efforts to provide the resources UTA needs to achieve its aspirational goals, is a challenge that I enthusiastically embrace. I was inspired by the collegial and talented leadership group, under President Karbhari’s leadership, that is moving UTA forward. It is an exciting time for UTA.”

Robinson earned her doctorate in higher education leadership and strategic leadership, and a master’s degree in higher education leadership from Florida Atlantic University. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Granite State College.

Robinson begins her duties at UTA on April 30, 2018.