Message from the Vice-President

Bob Skillen

Advancement at UNB ensures the development of programs and initiatives that help build and strengthen the university’s reputation around Canada and the world. Our office works to develop and nurture relationships and looks for ways to translate these relationships into support for the university in a variety of ways.

UNB has more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students studying on its campuses and more than 85,000 living alumni around the world as part of the UNB family. Every decision our office makes adheres to the university’s mission of creating the premier university environment for our students, faculty and staff in which to learn, work and live. We strive to provide a safe, supportive learning environment.

At UNB, we rely on strong relationships with our stakeholders coupled with a focus on maintaining and growing UNB’s reputation to help garner support for the university through donations, government funding, volunteerism and advocacy.

As a member of UNB’s senior management team, I work closely with the president in all facets of university advancement. My responsibilities include the oversight and strategic coordination of our Associated Alumni, Communications, Development and Donor Relations, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships Offices.

UNB has been an integral part of my life for decades, starting when I was a student here. I’m a three-time UNB graduate with bachelor’s degrees in physical education and education and a master’s degree in education. I’ve served the university in a number of roles, including executive director of Associated Alumni and of the Alumni Office, as well as special project manager in the President’s Office. I’ve been on campus in one way or another for more than 40 years and have a firmly established knowledge of our university community.

We welcome you to our university and our community. Become part of the innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and collaboration that happens at UNB.

Bob Skillen
Vice-President (Advancement), UNB