June 15, 2024

Alumna Named VP of Advancement, University Relations

I am pleased to announce the newest addition to UMW’s leadership team. On August 1, Lisa Jamison Bowling will become the University’s Vice President for Advancement and University Relations. A 1989 graduate of Mary Washington, Lisa has served for the past seven years as Roanoke College’s Assistant Vice President for Resource Development. In that capacity, she was part of the senior advancement team, which ran a $200 million comprehensive campaign and led a strategic assessment of Roanoke College’s positioning and branding.  

lisa-bowlingI believe you will find Lisa to be an exceptional leader, who has proven strengths in all facets of external relations and fundraising. She was identified in a highly competitive national search, and I am delighted that she has chosen to return to her alma mater. She will bring a unique combination of experience, vision, and commitment to help move UMW forward in achieving its public liberal arts mission. 

Previously, Lisa spent 10 years at Ferrum College, starting as public relations director and advancing to Associate Vice President of Development. Immediately after graduating from Mary Washington with a double major in English and political science, she worked in marketing and public relations for various companies and non-profits. She earned her MBA from Wake Forest University in 2009. In addition, she has received certificates in fundraising management and planned giving.   

“Few people have the opportunity to help shape the place that was most formative to them.” Lisa said. “Mary Washington placed me on a path of success, and I hope to parlay my experiences into a powerful impact for the University and its students.” 

She added, “UMW already has an incredible leadership team, faculty, and staff in place, and I look forward to serving with them and the accomplished members of the University Relations and Advancement division.”   

Lisa and her husband, Kevin Bowling, have a son, Satchel, and a daughter, Claire.