Senior Vice President for University Advancement and External Affairs
Sergio Gonzalez joined the University of Miami in 2001 and currently serves as Senior Vice President for University Advancement and External Affairs. In this capacity, he oversees all development, communications, community relations, government affairs, and alumni relations. He is responsible for all facets of the University’s advancement operations and played a lead role in both of the University’s capital campaigns—Momentum and Momentum2—which collectively raised over $3 billion. Mr. Gonzalez was instrumental in most of the leadership gifts including various multi-million dollar gifts of $20, $30, $50, and $100 million. Most recently, Momentum2 concluded a year and a half ahead of schedule and exceeded the fundraising goal of $1.6 billion. Under his leadership, the University has broken a number of fundraising records and received numerous national fundraising awards. He was also the visionary for the implementation of the “U” as the University's overall brand. Among his significant accomplishments are the creation of the University’s first comprehensive Parents Program, a widely recognized donor stewardship effort and a highly successful admissions legacy program.
As a senior administrator of the University, he reports directly to the University President and works closely with the University’s Board of Trustees and all academic deans in formulating and implementing initiatives for the University.
Prior to his appointment at the University of Miami, he served as Chief of Staff to Miami-Dade County Executive Mayor, Alex Penelas. Previously, he served as Director of the South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee and prior to that, he was the Director of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. He was also a litigation associate with the law firm of Mershon, Sawyer, Johnston, Dunwody & Cole, and also Valdes-Fauli, Cobb, Petry and Bischoff in Miami, Florida.
Mr. Gonzalez has served on a number of community and corporate boards including The Miami Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, TotalBank, Orange Bowl Committee, Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Breakthrough Miami, Buoniconti Fund, and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) where he served as vice chair of the Commission on Philanthropy and member of the Presidential Search Committee. He currently serves as chair of the Member Services Committee, member of the Executive Committee, and member of the International Committee. He also serves as chair of the CASE50 Diversity Recruitment Advisory Group. He serves on the board of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic advocacy and civil rights organization. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He has received numerous recognitions including the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Bill Colson Award, the Miami-Dade Planned Giving Council’s Professional Advisor of the Year Award, Iron Arrow (the highest honor attainable at the University of Miami), and South Florida Business Leader Movers & Shakers. In 2010, he was honored as one of the 12 Good Men of South Florida by the Ronald McDonald House Charities and in June of 2013, he was awarded with the Citizens Board Distinguished Service Award.
Mr. Gonzalez received his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1985 and his Juris Doctor Degree from Columbia University in 1988. He is admitted to practice law in the state of Florida and District of Columbia Bars. He resides in Coral Gables with his wife Patricia and his three children.