UCSC names new Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Philanthropy

Jeffrey Shilling (Photo: Carolyn Lagattuta)

Jeffrey J. Shilling, former chief development officer for Stanford University’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, has been named associate vice chancellor for strategic philanthropy at UC Santa Cruz.

Shilling will coordinate fundraising efforts campuswide and guide UCSC toward its first-ever comprehensive campaign, as the campus celebrates 45 years of innovative academic, research and service excellence.

At Stanford, Shilling was responsible for all aspects of fundraising for the nation’s top-ranked Division I intercollegiate athletic program.

He previously served as associate director for both development and the business school fund at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he directed major components of the annual, reunion, and major gift programs.

“Jeff Shilling is an experienced and successful development professional who understands the importance of philanthropy in building outstanding programs,” said UCSC Vice Chancellor of University Relations Donna Murphy.

“We found Jeff to be a person of high integrity with the right combination of experience, initiative, and advancement knowledge to drive our future fundraising success,” Murphy added. “He’s a great addition to the campus and the Santa Cruz community.”

Shilling’s extensive experience includes the position of vice president for advancement at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, where he managed the development, communications, alumni, and parent relations activities for the 1500-student college preparatory high school.

He also served as director of annual giving for Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“I’m thrilled to be joining UCSC at an important time in the university’s history,” Shilling noted. “I look forward to working with Chancellor Blumenthal, the deans and faculty, and my University Relations colleagues to increase philanthropic support for the campus community and launch the university’s first comprehensive campaign.”
Shilling’s academic credentials include a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor of science degree in marketing, both from Butler University. He comes to Santa Cruz with his wife, Patty, and three children, Kate, Will, and Zach.