Brandon Buzbee joins the University as Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Networks

November 9, 2015
By: Staff  


Brandon Buzbee has joined the University of Denver as University Advancement's associate vice chancellor for global networks. In this newly envisioned role at DU, Brandon will be responsible for setting the vision for, and overseeing the execution of, donor pipeline development, industry engagement, student philanthropy, career & professional development services and university-wide alumni engagement. "Brandon brings depth in and commitment to advancing higher education, and he possesses a unique blend of vision, creativity, experience and passion," says Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Armin Afsahi. "As a member of the Advancement leadership team, Brandon, along with his team, will play an vital role in fulfilling the promises inherent in Chancellor Chopp's vision for DU's future."

Brandon recently served as the executive director of industry engagement and regional development at the University of California, San Diego. During his tenure, he forged a new paradigm for the Alumni Association to shift its focus away from soliciting memberships toward cultivating sustained philanthropic relationships. He also led new and innovative initiatives in alumni outreach, student philanthropy, career services and prospect pipeline development. Nationally, he has been recognized for his contributions to the field of alumni relations and career services. He has served as faculty at national conferences and he has presented many times on emerging trends in both the alumni relations and career services.

This past year, Brandon was recognized by Council on the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII as a Rising Star in University Advancement and by the Council of Alumni Association Executives as the Robert G. Forman Fellow. The prestigious fellowship is awarded to encourage the advancement of high potential, senior professionals into chief alumni relations positions. Highly relevant to the University Advancement's mission, his fellowship generated an in-depth research paper on emerging models alumni relations offices are using to better serve the career and professional needs of their alumni. He is regularly invited as a speaker at colleges and universities, and he has recently concluded the authorship of a chapter in an upcoming CASE publication that speaks to best practices in involving students in the work of Advancement.

“Today there are students and young alumni on a similar path to Ruth Handler, Debra Crew or Joseph Saunders,"says Brandon, referencing some of the University of Denver's esteemed alumni. "It is imperative that young alumni see the University of Denver as a part of their professional rise and personal success. As the University marches forward with its strategic planning process, it is important the associate vice chancellor brings a clear vision for the future to grow the breadth and depth of student, alumni, and community engagement at the University of Denver.”