Rick Virgin joined Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., in August as vice president for University Relations. In his role, Virgin is responsible for the University’s overall philanthropic strategies, alumni relations and advancement services.
Coming to Creighton with more than 20 years of fundraising experience with private and public higher educational institutions, he most recently served as the senior associate vice president for George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. There, Virgin was responsible for strategic direction and leadership for all university-based fundraising, engagement of more than 150,000 alumni and creation of the plans for George Mason’s future comprehensive campaign. He was also involved in several university committees, chosen to complete Mason’s first leadership program for outstanding leaders of the university and frequently lectured on fundraising nationally and internationally with one trip focused on educating 17 Egyptian university presidents.
“Rick’s professional accomplishments of being a campaign strategist and relationship-builder will help Creighton secure support for our visionary goals. We are fortunate to have someone with his experience joining the University to provide leadership to our philanthropic priorities and efforts to deepen ties to our alumni,” said Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., Creighton president.
Virgin also held several senior and executive level positions at The George Washington University and the Close Up Foundation. In the corporate arena, he was part of the leadership team that built two for-profit companies, ProCaritas and Voter.com. A native of O’Fallon, Ill., Virgin holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in legislative affairs from The George Washington University.
In part due to his Mexican-American heritage and his dedication to social justice, Virgin has been a passionate advocate for fighting HIV/AIDS in young people in highly vulnerable populations. He just finished serving as president of the board of Metro Teen AIDS, a community health organization in Washington, D.C., dedicated to supporting young people in their fight against HIV/AIDS.
Joining Virgin in Omaha is his wife, Kathleen Rapp, and daughter, Kennedy.