Villanova, Pa. – Villanova University has announced the appointment of George R. Kolb '84 as Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations. Since coming to Villanova in 2009, Kolb has served as Assistant Vice President for Athletics Development, and for the past four months as Interim Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations. This key appointment is the result of a rigorous national search led by a committee of Villanova University alumni, faculty and staff.
“We are excited to welcome George Kolb into this new leadership position,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President. “George’s diverse experience in higher education, passion for Villanova and strong commitment to its mission, made him the ideal choice for this important role.”
As a member of the University Advancement senior management staff, Kolb will oversee all alumni engagement and affinity programs, including 39 national and international alumni chapters, to engage and support the University’s 114,000 alumni worldwide. He will lead a staff of eight alumni relations professionals and serve as Executive Director of the Villanova University Alumni Association.
“George has an exceptional understanding of the vital role alumni relations plays within the overall advancement effort,” said Michael J. O’Neill, Vice President for University Advancement at Villanova University. “His leadership, energy and ideas for how to broaden and enhance the engagement of our alumni in the life of the University and in support of the Strategic Plan have and will continue to be a true asset to the Villanova community.”
“I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to lead Villanova’s alumni relations effort and build upon its many successes,” noted Kolb. “As an alumnus and someone who firmly believes in the mission of the institution, I am excited to work together with the Alumni Association and our many alumni chapters to further engage the University’s extraordinary alumni worldwide.”
Kolb possesses a breadth of experience in higher education having spent more than 25 years in development, college athletics, and business. Prior to returning to his alma mater in 2009, he enjoyed successful tenures in a variety of roles at several institutions, most notably Roger Williams University, Brown University and Fordham University. Kolb spent eight years as Director of Athletics at Roger Williams University, where he managed the growth and development of 20 intercollegiate programs. He also served on the university’s Steering Committee, and co-chaired its Strategic Planning 2020 Task Force.
Since arriving at Villanova, Kolb has integrated athletics development into University Advancement, including rebranding the Villanova Athletic Fund (VAF), establishing a comprehensive approach to fundraising for all 24 varsity sports, and setting new annual fundraising marks in support of Villanova’s athletic programs. Under his leadership, VAF donors have increased 52 percent over a three-year span. Additionally, VAF gift officers have raised over $4.2M for non-athletic gift designations over the last two fiscal years.
Kolb graduated from the Villanova University School of Business in 1984 with a degree in Business Administration. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree from Temple University in 1992.
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