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Kevin FoyleKevin J. Foyle, MBA, CFRE

Senior Vice President, Development and Public Affairs, UTHealth Houston


Kevin J. Foyle, MBA, CFRE, is the senior vice president of development and public affairs for UTHealth Houston, where he oversees all aspects of UTHealth Houston’s development program including principal, planned, major, and annual gifts; corporate and foundation relations; alumni and donor relations and communications; and development operations and compliance, as well as the university’s external and internal communications.

Since 2013 Foyle has managed the development programs including the university’s $500 million comprehensive funding campaign to carry out UTHealth Houston’s mission to educate health science professionals, discover and translate advances in the biomedical and social sciences, and model the best practices in clinical care and public health. Under his leadership, UTHealth Houston has received a number of transformational gifts, including a $75 million gift from the John P. McGovern Foundation, a $25 million gift from Jane and Robert Cizik, and a $25 million commitment from the John S. Dunn Foundation. He has also played an integral role in elevating the brand of UTHealth Houston through strategic marketing initiatives, including the popular “Many Faces of UTHealth Houston” campaign.

Foyle has 30 years of development experience based in the Houston community. Before coming to UTHealth Houston, he served in multiple roles at Rice University culminating his efforts as the associate vice president for development directing a $1 billion campaign and managing a team of 70. Previously, he raised major gifts for The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center within their $351 million campaign. Prior to that, Foyle was the director of institutional advancement at Texas Chiropractic College, where he oversaw fundraising, alumni, and public relations.

Foyle is a graduate of Trinity University and of the University of Houston-Clear Lake with a master’s degree in business administration. Additionally, he serves as the immediate past chair of the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Global, the largest organization of charitable fundraisers in the world. In 2017, he was awarded the Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year by AFP Greater Houston Chapter.

Kevin also counts on support from his Development Leadership team. Listed below are the members of this team:

Angela Alvarado
Executive Director, Donor Relations and Communications

Debbie Ballard
Vice President, Principal Gifts and Strategic Initiatives

Lisa Christison
Executive Director, Development Operations

Angie Rasheed-Stephens
Senior Director, Human Resources

Join Our Team

The Office of Development advances the mission of UTHealth Houston by seeking and securing philanthropic support for its programs in service to students and society. The office comprises four giving programs—Annual Giving, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Major and Principal Gifts, and Gift Planning, as well as offices in each of the six schools and major institutes.

Assistant Vice President for Development
UTHealth Houston seeks an experienced strategic, collaborative and entrepreneurial development professional to serve as the next Assistant Vice President for Development. Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President for Development and Public Affairs, Kevin Foyle, the Assistant Vice President for Development will serve as a strategic fundraising leader for individual giving by creating and implementing  opportunities for pipeline development and individual giving growth that will advance the important vision and mission of UTHealth Houston.

Associate Director of Gift Assurance
UTHealth Houston's Development Department is looking for an Associate Director of Gift Assurance.  This employee serves as part of the Gift Assurance leadership team in the Office of Development and focuses on helping to ensure the fulfillment of donor intent for philanthropic contributions. Executes complex activities related to the prevention, detection, corrective action and reporting components of the Gift Assurance program, with primary responsibilities in conducting philanthropic fund reviews, developing new processes, refining existing processes, reviewing financial transactions, developing/providing training, analyzing data, improving data integrity and preparing reports for internal and external stakeholders. 

Executive Director, Principal Gifts
UTHealth Houston seeks a strategic, dynamic and entrepreneurial development professional to serve as the next Executive Director, Principal Gifts. Reporting directly to the Vice President, Principal Gifts and Strategic Initiatives, the Executive Director, Principal Gifts will serve as a member of the Principal Gifts team and as a strategic thought partner to prioritize principal gift opportunities for institution-wide growth and academic, clinical and health care programs. In this creative environment an entrepreneurial spirit is encouraged to inspire and mobilize the aspirations of internal partners and prospective donors. The Executive Director, Principal Gifts will play a key role in developing a vision and plan for a strong principal gift pipeline that will advance the important vision and mission of UTHealth Houston. 

Donor Relations Officer I in Development
UTHealth Houston’s development department is looking for a Donor Relations Officer I to join our team of fundraising professionals.  This employee is responsible for implementing various elements of stewardship and donor relations programs that promote timely acknowledgment and recognition of donors. Projects include but are not limited to, gift acknowledgments, recognition touch points, and administrative projects. Cultivates positive relations with internal and external partners and stakeholders all of whom play an integral role in this collaborative process.  You will focus on streamlining donor communications such as thank you letters, and other written donor information through comprehensive and integrated technology systems.

Program Manager in Development
UTHealth Houston is looking for a Program Manager who will work with our office of Development and report to the Estate and Gift Planning teams Sr. Director. This team works with our alumni, friends, and employees to provide information on charitable estate planning strategies of complex non-cash asset gifts. Gifts from donors generally include bequests from wills and trusts, gifts of stock, retirement assets, real estate, and life-income gifts.  The Program Manager will work closely with the Sr. Director and Director of Estate and Gift Planning to achieve team goals based on these kinds of gifts.

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