May 15, 2015—University of Denver Chancellor Rebecca Chopp announced today that Armin Afsahi will join the University of Denver as vice chancellor for University Advancement effective July 1, 2015.
In his most recent role at the University of California-San Diego as associate vice chancellor and chief alumni officer, Afsahi built a new model for university advancement. Programs created under his leadership increased alumni engagement by 73 percent over five years, grew alumni and student philanthropy by 427 percent and 450 percent respectively, and contributed to raising over $150 million annually in new private support.
Afsahi will bring a dynamic mix of expertise to the University of Denver, spanning creative alumni engagement strategy, effective fundraising knowledge and a track record for delivering comprehensive advancement campaigns raising more than $1 billion.
Mr. Afsahi holds an MBA in finance and strategic management from the University of San Diego. He will join a University of Denver Advancement and Alumni Relations team that raised nearly $500 million in gifts and commitments during the University’s record-breaking ASCEND campaign.
“I am excited for the possibilities ahead as Armin applies the success strategies he implemented at UC-San Diego to the critical role that University Advancement plays in our work at the University of Denver,” Chancellor Rebecca Chopp said. “I know that our University community will quickly come to respect and appreciate his talents.”