Power Named Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at U of A

Mark Power, vice chancellor for University Advancement
Russell Cothren

Mark Power, vice chancellor for University Advancement

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Mark Power has been named vice chancellor for University Advancement at the University of Arkansas after working more than 15 years at the institution, including three and a half years as associate vice chancellor of University Development and serving as interim vice chancellor for University Advancement since August 2016.

“Over the past year, I’ve come to know Mark as an effective leader, manager and fundraiser within the Advancement Division, having been a part of the university’s fundraising success since 2001,” said Chancellor Joe Steinmetz. “He has successfully cultivated hundreds of friends and volunteers, raised millions of dollars in private gift support, and developed a highly functioning staff during his time with the university. His work within University Development and time leading the Advancement Division since August give me the confidence that his leadership at this point in Campaign Arkansas is what we need to keep our momentum going in a positive direction.”

Power, who became associate vice chancellor for University Development in 2013, joined the university in 2001 as the director of development in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. He was a key part of the Campaign for the Twenty-First Century, which raised more than $1 billion for the university. He was promoted to executive director of development in 2007, and in 2009, became the executive director for development and principal gifts. Power was named assistant vice chancellor for development in 2011.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead University Advancement, especially at such an important time in the university’s history,” Power said. “I’m also very thankful for the trust and support of Chancellor Steinmetz. I have the privilege of working every day alongside an outstanding team of professionals and with amazing students, faculty, alumni and benefactors of the university. I look forward to enhancing those relationships as we continue to work to implement the guiding priorities for our campus, advance Campaign Arkansas and strengthen the University of Arkansas.”

Arkansas Business named Power to its “40 Under 40” list of rising young professionals in the state. He was recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northwest Arkansas Chapter in 2011 as the area’s most outstanding fundraising executive.

About the Advancement Division: The division’s mission is to develop support among primary external constituencies for the university's vision, goals, programs and activities. Its activities range from fundraising through major gift and annual giving programs; public relations and communications programs involving news media visibility, publications and visual design, as well as electronic media initiatives that enhance the national stature of the institution; and alumni relations programs that seek to involve graduates in the ongoing life of the institution and bring new constituencies into the fold.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.


Mark Rushing, assistant vice chancellor
University Relations
479-575-5555, markr@uark.edu


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