University of Richmond

University of Richmond Names Harvard Law Development Leader as Next Vice President for Advancement

June 28, 2004

The University of Richmond has named David C. Johnson as its next vice president for advancement.

Johnson will be responsible for managing Richmond's operations in the following areas: alumni affairs, communications, community and donor relations, development, and foundation, corporate and government relations. He also will direct the university¿s "Transforming Bright Minds" capital campaign, which has commitments of $137 million toward its $200 million goal. The campaign is scheduled to conclude in 2008.

Johnson presently serves as director of development at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass. He has played a leadership role in Harvard Law¿s current capital campaign, which has a goal of $400 million. Previously, as director of university development operations at Harvard's main development office, he was central to the success of the recent University Campaign, which secured more than $2.6 billion in gift revenue.

"Dave Johnson brings us exceptional talent and experience to lead our advancement efforts," said University of Richmond President William E. Cooper. "He will be a great asset to the university and the greater Richmond community."

"I am very excited at the prospect of returning to Virginia and the opportunity to lead the advancement effort at the University of Richmond, especially as it anticipates its 175th anniversary," said Johnson. "Since I first set foot on the Richmond campus 20 years ago, I have been impressed with the university's distinctive character, its fascinating mix of undergraduate and professional studies and the apparent dedication of its alumni."

Johnson joined Harvard in 1994 as director of university development operations and was named director of development for Harvard Law in 1998. His previous advancement experience is extensive, including senior positions at Cornell University, Lafayette College and the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, where he launched the alumni giving program.

For three years prior to joining Harvard, Johnson was president and chief operating officer of Cartermill, Inc. (now Community of Science), a Baltimore start-up company that develops and markets comprehensive databases of the intellectual resources available at over 150 U.S. and Canadian research universities and federal agencies. He has completed graduate-level studies at the Darden School and Cornell University and holds a bachelor¿s degree from DePauw University.

Johnson is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and a frequent speaker on the topic of corporate philanthropy and public affairs program management. As a member of the National Society of Fundraising Executives (NSFRE), he has spoken frequently on major and principal gift solicitation. He has served as consultant to corporations and institutions including KPMG, the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Boston University, Stanford University, Brigham Young University, General Motors, Procter & Gamble, IBM and AT&T.

Johnson is married to Mimi Herington, herself a 15-year veteran of fundraising, who now owns a landscape design consulting firm, Winning Spaces. She is currently completing graduate studies at Harvard's Landscape Design Institute. The couple has three adult sons, Ross, Todd and Joel.