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Guide to the University Relations records
USDA_2011_005  
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Description
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.
Background
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.
Extent
31 boxes (30 linear ft.)
Availability
This collection is open for research.