A New Leader for UCR Alumni Relations

Following a yearlong, nationwide search, UC Riverside found the new head of its Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations about 40 miles west, in the city of Irvine.

Jorge Ancona

Jorge Ancona

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Jorge E. Ancona has been appointed as the new assistant vice chancellor for Alumni and Constituent Relations and executive director of the UC Riverside Alumni Association. He has served as assistant vice chancellor for alumni relations, and executive director of the UCI Alumni Association since 2002.

At UCR, Ancona will lead a staff of 12 full-time employees and oversee the management of hundreds of volunteers and advocates. He will also be responsible for stewardship of the Alumni Association’s endowment funds, and for further developing fundraising for the alumni association and alumni relations programs.

“Jorge is the right leader at the right time for UC Riverside,” said UCR advancement vice chancellor Peter Hayashida. “As a first-generation college student with deep roots in Southern California and an impressive record of professional accomplishment in alumni engagement, he comes well prepared to support our campus and volunteers on our path to preeminence.”

Highlights of Ancona’s career at Irvine include establishing the UCI Student Alumni Association; growing the association’s scholarship endowments from $1.5 million to $4 million; and increasing the association’s assets from $3.4 million to $8 million. He also led development of the $8 million Newkirk Alumni Center, a 12,500 square foot multi-purpose facility that opened on the Irvine campus in January 2013. Under his leadership, the association earned 18 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) district awards for outstanding alumni events and communications as well as national honors from CASE for its alumni appreciation program in 2004.

Ancona graduated in 1993 from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in economics and Latin American studies. He began his University Advancement career in Westwood in 1994, serving as program manager for Student Recruitment Programs in the UCLA Alumni Association. He was appointed director of Student Programs in 1996, and then to senior marketing manager in the UCLA Alumni Association in 1999. He became the associate executive director of the UCLA Alumni Association in 2001 before leaving to join UC Irvine.

He succeeds Kyle Hoffman, who held the position for 23 years before leaving in May 2012 to become vice chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations at UC Merced.

About The UCR Alumni Association
The UCR Alumni Association serves to preserve and promote the relationships between UC Riverside and all of its more than 90,000 alumni. Through services and programs, the Association gives voice to alumni and supports the University in its quest for excellence. The Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation led by a volunteer board of directors and housed in the 14,000 square foot Alumni & Visitors Center, which opened in 2007.

Media Contact


Tel: (951) 827-2495
E-mail: kris.lovekin@ucr.edu
Twitter: krislovekin

Archived under: Inside UCR, , , , , ,

Top of Page