Announcing the appointment of Vice Chancellor University Relations

To: UC Santa Cruz community

From: Chancellor Cynthia Larive

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Delos Reyes Davis as Vice Chancellor for University Relations, effective July 13. He has served as the associate vice president for university advancement at Carnegie Mellon University since 2016, and directs CMU’s $2 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign. 

At Carnegie Mellon, Mark helped build the campaign infrastructure and oversaw the public launch. He coordinates campaign activities among CMU’s seven colleges and schools. Working closely with administrative and academic leaders as well as university trustees, he leads CMU’s efforts to identify strategic fundraising priorities, and develop and implement strategies for the campaign’s top donor prospects. CMU already has raised more than half of its campaign goal. 

Mark has spent more than two decades in higher education administration with responsibility for driving a wide range of initiatives including executive communications, alumni relations, and development. He has served as senior adviser to two university presidents and has overseen enrollment management, international relations and campus master planning. He holds a master’s degree in International Relations from Tsinghua University (Beijing) and a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University. His career-long commitment to UC Santa Cruz’s Principles of Community are evident in his service on the CMU President’s Task Force on Campus Climate and as chair of University Advancement’s working group on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to interim Vice Chancellor for University Relations Jeff Shilling, who has led UR over the past year. Under his leadership, the University Relations team continues to build a strong foundation for the future, achieving in 2019-20 what will be one of our strongest fundraising years in recent history. Jeff will continue as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Philanthropy, a position he has held since 2010. 

I also would like to thank the search committee for all of its work and flexibility, as it became necessary to complete this search remotely. Thank you, too, to the many members of our campus who provided feedback after meeting with candidates, contributing to this important search. Please join me in welcoming Mark and congratulating him on becoming a Banana Slug!