To the UConn Community,
I am thrilled to announce that the UConn Foundation has appointed Amy Yancey as its next president and chief executive officer.
Amy was selected following a national search and brings extensive experience in senior advancement leadership roles. Since 2019, she has been vice president for development at Boston College, overseeing all institutional fundraising with an emphasis on financial aid, the student and athletic experience, and academic programs. Amy served in the acting senior vice president role during the ramp-up for BC’s $3 billion Soaring Higher Campaign, overseeing consecutive record-breaking years and $1 billion of campaign progress over her tenure.
Previously, she served on the senior leadership planning team for the University of Virginia’s $5 billion campaign. As associate vice president for development at UVA, she was personally responsible for planning and implementing approximately $1 billion of the goal as part of that campaign, overseeing fundraising, alumni relations, and board development for 15 schools, centers, and the priorities of the president and provost.
She previously led fundraising teams at Pennsylvania State University and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in plant sciences and agricultural economics, focused on land grant university research policy.
Before a career in advancement, she was vice president for a small start-up in Los Angeles.
Throughout her career, she has built a sterling reputation and is known for her capacity to think strategically, drive high-performance fundraising teams, and strengthen relationships with alumni and donors.
Drawing from her superb skillset, comprehensive experience, and leadership prowess — honed through closing major gifts and running teams at top-tier institutions — Amy will guide alumni engagement, endowment investment, and philanthropic advancement for our great University.
Her effective start date is Monday, Feb. 12. I hope you’ll join me in giving her a warm UConn Nation-style welcome.