Thomas J. Mitchell joined the University of Florida as Vice President for Advancement in June 2010. Upon the heels of the successful $1.8 billion conclusion of the Florida Tomorrow campaign in October 2012, he spearheaded a university-wide pre-campaign planning process to launch UF’s fourth campaign, Go Greater. The campaign is an 8-year, $3+ billion effort focused on multidisciplinary initiatives and strengthening the endowment.
Mr. Mitchell and his wife, Peggy, came to UF from the University of California, Irvine where he served as Vice Chancellor of University Advancement and President of the Irvine Foundation and led a $1 billion campaign. Prior to his assignment at UC Irvine, he served as President of the Iowa State University Foundation from 1997-2002 and led an $800 million campaign. Mr. Mitchell served as Vice President of Development and University Relations at Northern Illinois University from 1990-1997. His fundraising career began at the University of Nebraska in 1988.
Mr. Mitchell is active in national organizations and is a frequently sought-after speaker. He has received the CASE IRF Commonfund Award, chaired the CASE IRF International Conference, the CASE IRF National Committee and the CASE 50 National Talent Management Task Force, and served on the CASE 50 Steering Committee and the CASE Board of Directors. Mr. Mitchell has authored more than 300 papers on institutional advancement and managing institutionally related foundations.