Dr. Aaron Conley has served as vice president for development and alumni relations since 2008. He leads a team responsible for engaging the University's 70,000 alumni, as well as other individuals, companies and foundations to support the vision of UT Dallas becoming a Tier One research university.
From 2003 to 2008, he served as executive director of development and alumni relations at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering. While there, Conley's team raised more than $90 million, as part of the University's $2 billion campaign. This included the largest gift in Pittsburgh's history at the time, which resulted in the naming of the Swanson School in 2007.
Conley also served as assistant dean of development at Florida State University's College of Business and at Purdue University's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering as a director of development.
A frequent speaker on philanthropy and higher education, Conley earned an EdD in higher education and philanthropic studies from Indiana University in 1999. He has published research on fund raising in several academic journals and co-authored a book chapter with Dr. Gene Tempel on philanthropy and public universities appearing in Privatization and Public Universities (Indiana University Press, 2006).