Letter from John Crawford

Hello and welcome to the Division of University Advancement! 

The Division of University Advancement is home to Development, Alumni Relations, External Affairs, Event Services, and the Center for South Georgia Regional Impact. University Advancement works very closely with the Valdosta State University Foundation, Inc., a legal entity that has been designated as a 501(3) non-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service and is responsible for receiving and managing all philanthropic gifts made to Valdosta State University. Our mission in University Advancement is to generate support for VSU so that our students, faculty, and staff have the resources to embrace the margins of excellence and to ensure that the VSU experience remains among the most unique in all of higher education. We do this by fostering positive relationships with alumni, community leaders, elected officials, and philanthropists which allows us to tell the VSU story in a way that garners support for student scholarships and internship possibilities, capital building and renovation projects, faculty and student research, and other opportunities that contribute to the world class VSU learning environment.  In addition, the Office of Event Services provides event support for thousands of events and activities that occur on campus each year, contributing greatly to the daily excitement happening on campus every day.  In 2018 VSU launched the Center for South Georgia Regional Impact. Through the center VSU faculty, staff, and students are leveraging their expertise by working alongside decision makers and community leaders from VSU’s 41-county service area to impact the lives of those residents in a positive way.

Our alumni, friends, and community partners through their support allow Valdosta State to achieve great things. VSU awards over $1M annually in student scholarship support. The Blazer athletic teams are traditionally among the nations’ very best, with eight National Championships and counting! The College of the Arts provides our region with simply outstanding performances, shows, and gallery presentations not often found at similar-sized universities. VSU faculty are routinely recognized for their dedication in the classroom and for their high-quality research projects. All of which would not be possible without the support of our alumni and friends.

Thank you for your interest in Valdosta State University. If any of the areas within University Advancement can be of assistance, please reach out to us.

Go Blazers!

John D. Crawford

VP for University Advancement

CEO, VSU Foundation

Valdosta State University