|Position:||Sr. Associate Athletics Director / Chief Development Officer|
Veronica Meinhard was named the Senior Associate Athletic Director - Chief Development Officer in April of 2016. Meinhard oversees all University of Maryland athletics fundraising operations, including the Terrapin Club Scholarship Fund.
Meinhard also serves as the senior executive director of principal gifts for the University. In this important role, Meinhard develops, executes and supports engagement and solicitation strategies for Maryland’s highest-net-worth alumni and friends. She plays a central role in steering fundraising activity at the top end of the giving pyramid through her own work with prospects and by driving principal gifts strategies across the university, working closely with the president, deans, and campaign volunteer leadership.
Meinhard came to Maryland following a 20-year career at her alma mater, the University of Florida. A champion swimmer at the University of Florida, Meinhard’s career in advancement began when she assumed leadership roles managing the Alumni Association’s Gator Club network and special interest groups. During the six years she worked for the University of Florida Alumni Association, Meinhard raised money for scholarships and helped dramatically increase the Gator Club network.
Upon completing her MBA studies, Meinhard moved into the regional development office at the University of Florida Foundation, managing the University of Florida’s fundraising outreach efforts in key cities. She also served as assistant campaign director during the university’s third capital campaign.
In 2010, Meinhard joined the College of Medicine as the senior director for principal gifts. In this role she secured the lead gift for the college’s new medical education building, supervised the major gifts team, and secured funds for several key departments and high-priority initiatives.
Most recently, Meinhard served as the director of major gifts for Gator Boosters, Inc., the fundraising arm for the University Athletic Association. In this role, Meinhard brokered discussions with key constituencies to name the university’s basketball arena, developed and executed an inaugural scholarship dinner, and created a stewardship society for donors of major gifts to the athletic program.
Meinhard earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and her MBA from the Universidad de Alcala de Henares.