|Mary DeLay, vice president of communications and chief of staff, notes that the new names for the Office of Communication and Office of Institutional Advancement are more closely aligned with the functions of the two offices.|
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The Office of Development and the Office of External Affairs have changed their names to the Office of Institutional Advancement and the Office of Communications, respectively.
“Changing the name of the Office of External Affairs to the Office of Communications is in keeping with current-day labels across The University of Texas System, as well as throughout industry, in general,” said Mary DeLay, vice president of communications and chief of staff.
“These name changes provide a clearer distinction between the varied and multifaceted functions of fundraising, performed by the Office of Institutional Advancement — and the responsibilities of media relations, publications and brand stewardship, which are included among the duties of the Office of Communications,” DeLay said.
Given the complementary nature of the work of the two units, the close partnership between them has been a strong one over the past five years, with the commitment to build on that asset remaining as firm as ever. It is hoped, however, that the changes in the labels will help minimize any internal or external confusion regarding the functions and responsibilities of the two departments.
|Debbie Morrill, vice president of institutional advancement, said that the Office of Institutional Advancement better describes her office’s evolving role in cultivating and stewarding donors on behalf of the UT Health Science Center.|
Debbie Morrill, vice president of institutional advancement, added, “Our new name — the Office of Institutional Advancement — better honors and describes the ever-evolving role we perform in the cultivation and stewardship of donors, showing that it’s truly a full circle of a relationship that we strive to have with our community.”