Mark Sollis, Vice-Principal (University Advancement)

Mark Sollis, VP University AdvancementBiography

Mark Sollis was appointed Vice-Principal, University Advancement, Robert Gordon University, in December 2016.

Prior to his move to Scotland, Mark served for almost five years as the first Associate Vice-President, Alumni at the University of Calgary. Building on leadership roles in planning within various institutions, he led the creation of, and delivered on, the institution's much-lauded first Alumni Strategy, which set the university as one of the most forward-thinking and performance-driven operations in the field of alumni engagement.

At The University of British Columbia (UBC), Mark was the project manager for Canada’s leading alumni facility, the $20 million UBC Alumni Centre, and served as the Senior Director, Operations and Planning; and Interim Associate Vice-President Alumni and Executive Director, Alumni Association, for UBC Alumni. His political leadership roles include successes in two major Canadian political campaigns, and serving as a caucus chief of staff.

Noted for his considered approach, and his ability to execute with focus, agility, and collegially, his post-secondary experiences also cover media relations; student leadership; finance; major project management; as well as serving as strategic counsel to higher education executives. Mark served on the CASE Commission on Alumni Relations from 2013-16 and the CASE District VIII Board from 2014-16. A frequent presenter at CASE activities in North America and internationally, as well within the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE), he has also worked closely with institutions and colleagues across Canada and Australia in the areas of performance management, planning and organisational development.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Applied Communications (Journalism) from Mount Royal (Calgary).


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