Farewell Jackie Lewis, on behalf of the campaign chairs

On July 6, President Darryll J. Pines informed the University of Maryland community that Jackie Lewis, vice president for University Relations, will be leaving her role at Maryland to pursue a new opportunity as vice chancellor for Advancement at the University of Missouri.

Lewis led the university’s fundraising efforts for three years. Under her leadership, UMD received the largest gift in university history (nearly $220 million from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation); and secured private funding for such facilities as Clark Hall, the Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering, IDEA Factory and Cole Field House. It also launched the ongoing $1.5 billion fundraising drive, Fearless Ideas: The Campaign for Maryland, which has raised nearly $1.3 billion to date.

“Jackie Lewis used her great professional skills to propel our $1.5 billion Fearless Ideas campaign on a trajectory for success,” said Alma Gildenhorn, co-chair of the campaign. “As we enter the final phase of this transformative campaign, we salute Jackie for assembling and motivating a formidable University Relations team and for galvanizing and enlarging our dedicated campaign Cabinet and so many Terp alums and volunteers. We thank Jackie for her leadership and wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”

Campaign Co-Chair Craig Thompson added: “As a campaign co-chair and as a member of the Board’s leadership charged with growing philanthropic support for my alma mater, I am grateful to Jackie for her commitment to elevate Maryland’s fundraising operation, raising its profile as an institution deserving of the extraordinary generosity of alumni and friends near and far. Jackie has charted a course for a successful campaign close and we are fortunate for the momentum she and the team maintained toward achieving our $1.5 billion goal.”

President Pines also announced that Brodie Remington will take over from Jackie Lewis as vice president for University Relations and president of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation beginning August 1, 2020, through July 2021. He stated: “Brodie is a familiar and respected colleague to many of us—he previously served as vice president for University Relations from 1999 to 2012. During his career, Brodie oversaw the planning and execution of five campaigns, each surpassing its goal and securing a collective total exceeding $3.2 billion. At Maryland, he executed the Great Expectations $1 billion campaign and helped establish the University of Maryland College Park Foundation.”

In conclusion, President Pines expressed his firm confidence in the leadership and staff of the Division of University Relations. “I have asked the Division of University Relations to accelerate philanthropic efforts in the areas of student opportunity and accessibility, diversity, and inclusion,” he said. “I am grateful that this critical work will continue.”