Led by Cindy Fredrick, the mission of the Engagement team is to foster lifelong relationships with alumni, parents, families and friends that strengthen their relationship with the University of Virginia. To accomplish this mission, the team creates and supports over 1,300 events and programs each year in cities and communities around the globe that include both in-person and digital engagement opportunities. In addition, the Engagement team works to facilitate a deeper connection between all ‘Hoos and U.Va. through the Annual Giving program. The Engagement team is comprised of 25 staff, six students and coordinates with over 1,000 volunteers that work together to create world class networks, learning and engagement through five programs: UVaClubs, Lifetime Learning, Alumni & Parent Travel, HoosNetwork (Digital Engagement) and Annual Giving.

UVaClubs & Cavalier Admissions Volunteer Networks – Alumni and parent led volunteer organizations in 90 regional networks around the world that organize volunteer, athletic, cultural, intellectual, social and professional network events.

Lifetime Learning – Creates and facilitates engaging intellectual opportunities on Grounds, online and in communities around the world led by the outstanding U.Va. faculty.

Alumni and Parent Travel – Produces high quality, professional travel experiences throughout the world with support from U.Va. faculty members.

HoosNetwork – Web-based interviews, live broadcasts and featured articles by ‘Hoos and for ‘Hoos that supply advice on everyday matters from travel to fashion, wellness to business.

Annual Giving – Raises funds for U.Va. schools, programs and priorities and provides analysis for data-based decision making.

Created in 2005 as a result of the Alumni Relations Task Force, the Office of Engagement is a department of University Advancement and works in partnership with the Alumni Association, schools and units to deliver high quality, comprehensive and diverse alumni and parent engagement programming.


Cindy Fredrick, Associate Vice President, Engagement & Annual Giving
Elizabeth Muse, Director of UVaClubs and Cavalier Admissions Volunteer Networks
Althea Brooks, Director of Lifetime Learning
Kevin Conley, Director of Alumni & Parent Travel
Ryan Catherwood, Director of Digital Strategy (HoosNetwork)
Ann Lawrence Grasty, Director of Annual Giving