Kevin J. Heaney was appointed Princeton University’s first vice president for advancement in November 2016. He serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and leads staff members in the Office of Alumni Affairs and the Office of Development. Both offices—working collaboratively under the banner of “University Advancement”—seek to engage Princeton’s remarkable alumni, parents, and friends in the life of the University in order to marshal their talents and generosity in furtherance of the University and its mission.
Heaney and his team work closely with President Eisgruber to maintain a positive and productive relationship with the entire Princeton alumni body, as well as with key University donors and stakeholders. Through the work of the Office of Alumni Affairs, the advancement team supports the work of the Alumni Council, organizing programs that help alumni remain connected to their alma mater, including Reunions, Alumni Day, and affinity conferences. They offer a variety of educational programs, including the Princeton Prize for Race Relations, which recognizes high school students who are working to increase understanding and respect among all races, and Princeton Journeys, which combine intellectual enrichment with world travel. They also provide support to class, regional, and affiliated groups. The staff in the Office of Development engages alumni, parents, and friends of the University to raise critically important philanthropic support for the programs and areas of study that have been identified as the University’s highest priorities. Thousands participate each year in the University’s legendary Annual Giving effort, and a significant number make essential investments in the University’s highest priorities through gifts designated for specific purpose or through their estate plans. In addition, the office is responsible for stewarding alumni generosity, making sure that donors are both appropriately recognized and informed about the impact their gifts make on Princeton’s mission of teaching and research.
Before joining Princeton, he served for nearly a decade at the Oregon State University Foundation as the vice president for constituent and central development programs and deputy campaign director. He played a key role in OSU's first comprehensive fundraising campaign, which surpassed its $1 billion goal 11 months ahead of schedule. Before OSU, Heaney served in a variety of development positions at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard University. During his career, he has been part of four highly successful campaigns and has been an active member of the broader development community, chairing seven national conferences on campaign fundamentals and strategies for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He currently serves on CASE’s Commission on Philanthropy and as a faculty member of the Summer Institute for Educational Fundraising. He received the CASE Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence in 2017.
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Heaney has a master's degree from Columbia University and a law degree from Boston College.