University of Dallas Names New Vice President for Advancement
Date published: June 10, 2019
The University of Dallas is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Wu Trujillo
as its new vice president for university advancement. He will be responsible for providing
key visionary leadership in the planning and directing of all philanthropic initiatives
to support and enhance academic excellence at the University of Dallas. Trujillo currently
serves as chief development officer and director of the Honor the Future campaign
at the University of Virginia (UVA) Law School Foundation, which conducts alumni relations,
external affairs, fundraising and endowment management for the benefit of the UVA
School of Law. He begins his new role at the end of June.
"The spiritual (and physical) warmth of the University of Dallas beckons. ... As UD
welcomes its ninth president, philanthropy will be critical to advancing UD's strategic
priorities, and I am honored to serve as UD's next vice president for university advancement."
— Jason Wu Trujillo
"The spiritual (and physical) warmth of the University of Dallas beckons," said Trujillo,
an experienced fundraiser and administrator in higher education. "As UD welcomes its
ninth president, philanthropy will be critical to advancing UD's strategic priorities,
and I am honored to serve as UD's next vice president for university advancement."
In his current role, Trujillo is responsible for preparing and executing a campaign
that has raised a record $200 million during its quiet phase ahead of a public launch
this fall. UVA Law's priorities include faculty support, scholarships and loan forgiveness,
as well as an unrestricted endowment. Trujillo has helped make broad and deep support
a hallmark of UVA Law, which notably holds the No. 1 alumni giving rate among law
schools nationwide as well as the fifth largest endowment in legal education.
"I am thrilled that the University of Dallas has been able to attract such an outstanding
member to the leadership team," said Trustee Bridgett Wagner, BA '81, vice president
of public promotions at The Heritage Foundation. "Jason understands the importance
of building strong relationships with alumni and strong networks of support to achieve
great things. He is an energetic manager and mentor, a devoted husband and father,
and a good friend who has had a long interest in UD - an interest he says was first
sparked by the outstanding UD alumni he encountered at the University of Virginia
School of Law."
Trujillo earned his bachelor's degree from the College of New Jersey in 1998 and his
law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2001. "Since meeting many
UD graduates, I have come to appreciate the rigorous Catholic liberal arts education
that UD provides," he said. "Graduates of UD are universally well-prepared for a life
of consequence. More importantly, UD alumni also have a love of learning and a deep
appreciation for the intrinsic ends of a liberal education - two invaluable qualities
that are all too uncommon."
One such UD alumna, 2019 UVA Law graduate Clare Myers, BA '15, said of Trujillo, "Jason's
work at the Law School Foundation far exceeds mere advancement. ... He goes beyond
simple networking and builds meaningful connections."
"Jason does not ask for recognition or any sort of status. Instead, he quietly builds
community," she continued. "We students go to him for advice because we know he genuinely
cares, not only about our academic success but also, and more importantly, about our
"UD is a singular institution in the landscape of American higher education and indeed
Catholic higher education. I firmly believe in President Thomas Hibbs' vision for
UD's future and am committed to helping him realize that vision by increasing our
philanthropic support and building our national reputation," said Trujillo.
Learn more about UD's Office of Advancement.