Vice President

Thomas J. Mitchell

Tom Mitchell joined the University of Florida as vice president for Advancement on June 1, 2010. He leads an organization of 300 employees, with annual private support of more than $400 million. Under his leadership, the Florida Tomorrow campaign raised $1.7 billion to exceed its $1.5 billion goal; the university secured its largest single gift, $75 million; UF launched its seven-year, $3 billion Go Greater campaign; and the University of Florida endowment grew to more than $1.61 billion.

Tom and his wife, Peggy, came to UF from the University of California-Irvine, where he was vice chancellor for University Advancement and president of the University of California-Irvine Foundation (July 2002-June 2010).  During his tenure there, Tom led the design and launch of UC-Irvine’s $1 billion Shaping the Future campaign; private support increased 271 percent; and the endowment doubled.

Prior to UC-Irvine, Tom was president of the Iowa State University Foundation (1997-2002), and vice president for Development and University Relations at Northern Illinois University (1990-1997). He began his fundraising career at the University of Nebraska in 1988.

Tom is active in national organizations, including the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Association of Governing Boards, and is a frequently sought speaker. He received the CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation (IRF) Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the field; served as chair of the 2012 CASE IRF International Conference; and was chair of the CASE IRF National Committee in 2013. Tom was most recently named chair of the CASE National Talent Management Task Force. He has authored more than 300 papers on institutional advancement and managing institutionally related foundations.