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Meet The Vice President for University Advancement and External Affairs



Message from the Vice President

University Advancement & External Affairs (UAEA) collaborates with internal and external constituents to advance institutional and student success. UAEA is comprised of three main departments: the Twardowski Career Development Center, the Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact (CCESI), and the Office of External Relations. These offices provide lifelong career development services, community-engaged learning and volunteer opportunities, and cultivate intentional partnerships with local and regional municipalities and elected officials. UAEA also serves as the university’s liaison to the West Chester University Foundation and Alumni Engagement Office, focusing collaboratively on philanthropic opportunities and enhancing alumni engagement.

As the vice president of UAEA, I invite you to connect with our division through the many engagement and experiential learning opportunities created to support and prepare our students to succeed throughout college and beyond.

Dr. Zebulun Davenport

Learn more about the Vice President

UAEA Events and Highlights

  • Julie Dietrich standing at the Borough of West Chester entrance

    Daily Local News

    The Daily Local News featured the relationship between West Chester and West Chester University in an article published February 27, 2024. The success of the West Chester Community Campus Committee has improved town and gown relations through intentional actions and impact. The university is committed to nurturing students as good citizens and neighbors. Read the full article here. 

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    2024 VISTA Millennial Superstars: Katie Clay

    Congratulations to Katie Clay, Associate Director for the Center for Civic Engagement and Social Impact on being named as one of VISTA's 2024 Millennial Superstars. You can read about Katie's accomplishments here.

  • Phyllis Schoen in a blue shirt.

    Congratulations, Phyllis Schoen

    Congratulations to Phyllis Schoen, Associate Director for Employer Engagement, who will serve as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers.

  • Yessica Guttierez

    Spotlight on Faculty Research

    Congratulations to Yessica Gutierrez, Assistant Director, for having the Internship Prep Program for First Generation Students of Color, a partnership with the Dowdy Multicultural Center, celebrated during Spotlight on Faculty Research.

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    Chester County Chamber Business After Hours Event

    The Twardowski Career Development Center hosted the January Business After Hours event for Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry. It was a good evening of making connections. 



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