James Garvey

Vice President for University Advancement

James GarveyReporting to the President, the Vice President for University Advancement serves as the Chief Advancement officer and chief advisor to the President and the Board of Trustees on all matters related to institutional advancement, including fundraising, alumni relations, and communications related to external positioning and messaging to alumni, donors, and friends. The Vice President works closely with all constituents and advisory boards, along with a broad array of external stake holders to achieve the strategic priorities of the institution.


Ed.D., Higher Education Management: University of Pennsylvania
MBA, Temple University
BA, Government, Connecticut College

Professional Biography

Dr. James C. Garvey joined Holy Family University in February of 2017 as Vice President for University Advancement. He brings to the University over 20 years of advancement leadership in education and has special expertise in development, alumni relations, strategic planning with a goal of ensuring future viability and growth. His extensive experience includes working with Boards of Trustees, alumni and volunteer boards, and managing government relations and strategic communications. Over his career, Dr. Garvey has successfully directed a number of comprehensive capital campaigns exceeding $200 million.

Prior to joining Holy Family, Dr. Garvey served as Associate Dean at Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law where he led a successful campaign raising over $64 million. He also served as the Vice President for Strategic Priorities and Advancement for New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, where he led the college’s strategic planning process. Dr.Garvey was also the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Philadelphia University where he managed the advancement efforts for the University’s six schools as well as the athletics department and library. He also has served as Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations for the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine, and as Director of Development for the William Penn Charter School, a Quaker day school for grades K through 12 located in Philadelphia.


The Role of Presidential Leadership on Market Adaptation and Evolution of Mission
Saarbrucken: Lambert Academic Publishing

Contact Information

Phone: 267-341-5008
Office: Marian Hall