The University of San Diego University Relations records document the functions of the University Relations department and
its offices. These functions include publication design, editing, and final products; planning for activities and events;
surveys and research on community relations; and fundraising activities.
According to the 1973 Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation report, the Office of University Relations
was the first University-wide office for the merged University of San Diego. The goals for this office were to establish a
strong fundraising program and to build a stronger community image. Dr. Gilbert Brown began as the first Director of University
Relations in 1972, shortly thereafter becoming the Vice President for University Relations. Brown worked to build relationships
with those outside the University. This endeavor included improving rapport with the community, building media relations,
and fostering alumni relations. Brown served through 1978, then William Picket became Vice President until 1986. John McNamara
served as Vice President for University Relations for 15 years until Msgr. Dan Dillabough became Vice President for Mission
and Public Relations from 2001 to 2005. Tim O’Malley served for 12 years as Vice President for University Relations. In August
2018, Richard P. Virgin became the Vice President for University Advancement.