Kevin J. Foyle, MBA, CFRE

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Kevin J. Foyle, MBA, CFRE

Kevin J. Foyle is the vice president for development and public affairs and chief development officer for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). He leads the fundraising program for the most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the US Gulf Coast region. Foyle directly supports the institution’s president and six academic schools, serves on the university’s executive council and manages the 160 member development board. He oversees all aspects of UTHealth’s development program including management of a $10M annual operating budget and a staff team of 70 members. Additionally, he oversees the strategic direction for the university's 15 member public affairs department including the management of the institution's comprehensive marketing and branding campaign. During his seven-year tenure with the institution, he has increased their annual new gift commitments from an average of $25 million to an institutional record-breaking $123 million. As a result, the university launched its first comprehensive fundraising campaign setting a target of $500 million. He serves as a member of the advisory board of the Hermann Park Conservancy and as a senior fellow in the American Leadership Forum. In 2017, Foyle received the Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year award at the National Philanthropy Day ceremonies in Houston.  

He serves as the chair-elect and a member of the executive committee of the global board for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Previously, he has served as the chairman of the board of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, member of the board of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada and past president of the AFP Greater Houston Chapter. 

Prior to UTHealth, he served as the associate vice president for development at Rice University.  As director of the Centennial Campaign raising nearly $1.1 billion and strategist for the Centennial Celebration, he managed a team of 70 fundraising officers and staff members and was responsible for all individual giving units, including planned giving, school-based and regional major gifts, annual giving, stewardship, communications, events and prospect research.  Foyle was financially responsible for an annual budget of $4 million as well as an international fundraising portfolio raising more than $57 million in personal campaign solicitations. Having worked at Rice for more than thirteen years, he also managed the major gifts and annual giving programs during the university’s $500 million comprehensive campaign and served as a regional director of development.  

Previously, Foyle served as associate director of development for the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center within the institution’s $351 million comprehensive campaign. Before joining M. D. Anderson, Foyle was the director of institutional advancement at the Texas Chiropractic College, where he oversaw fundraising programs, alumni relations, public relations and publications.   

Foyle is a graduate of Trinity University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and of the University of Houston-Clear Lake with a master’s degree in business administration. 

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