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Leadership

Robert W. Groves
Vice President

Bob Groves

In 2009 Bob Groves became MSU’s first vice president for University Advancement, which combines the operations of University Development and the MSU Alumni Association to engage nearly one million Spartan alumni, parents, friends, boosters and patrons across the globe to support the world’s pioneer and premier land-grant university.

Since his arrival at MSU, Bob has focused his efforts to guide the university’s Empower Extraordinary campaign, which seeks to raise $1.5 billion to support students, faculty, research and community.

Bob has a rich background in higher education, including a valuable understanding of the Big Ten and the land-grant philosophy. He has served at several other institutions, including at the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota Medical Foundation, Pennsylvania State University and The Ohio State University, his alma mater.

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Associate Vice President
University Development

The Associate Vice President for University Development oversees the development unit that coordinates and supports all fundraising activities across campus. MSU is a decentralized development organization with strong centralized services and a broad group of constituent development programs. The unit fosters strong accountability and collaborative partnership among fundraising professionals located within 26 units across campus (17 academic and 9 non-degree granting programs).

Nearly all college and unit based development staff are physically located in their respective college or unit, but are administratively housed in University Development. Positions are jointly funded by University Development and the respective unit.

Scott Westerman
Associate Vice President
Alumni Relations

Scott Westerman

Scott Westerman joined the MSU Alumni Association as associate vice president for Alumni Relations and executive director in 2010.

During his time at the helm of the MSUAA, Scott has helped revamp programming to provide services to a greater number of Spartans worldwide, including online and web-based programs and course offerings. He has led the effort to shift the focus to that of service and philanthropy, and has worked to increase the number of interest-based alumni communities worldwide.

A Michigan native, Westerman received a BA in telecommunication from MSU in 1978. In 2001, he was awarded the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus award. An active Spartan advocate throughout his career, Scott is a leader and entrepreneur with 25+ years of service in the cable television industry.

Bob Thomas
Assistant Vice President
Advancement Marketing & Communications

Bob Thomas

Bob Thomas joined the University Development team at Michigan State University in 1998 as the director of Marketing and Communications.

For the past 18 years, Bob has served as a member of the University Development and now the University Advancement executive leadership team. In his current role as assistant vice president for Advancement Marketing & Communications, he has direct supervision of all aspects of Communications & Marketing, Annual Giving, Stewardship, Web Services and Event Team activities in the University Advancement central office. 

Bob received his BA in 1984 and MBA in 1986 from MSU’s Eli Broad College of Business. Prior to arriving at MSU, he spent twelve years at General Motors where he held a variety of positions including advertising manager, assistant brand and market line manager.

Monique Dozier
Assistant Vice President
Advancement Information Systems & Donor Strategy

Monique Dozier

Monique Dozier is assistant vice president of Advancement Information Systems and Donor Strategy at Michigan State University. Monique joined the University Advancement team in 2005, and directly oversees development functions including:  IT, business analytics, prospect development and gift administration. 

With 15+ years as an Advancement executive, she is a veteran fundraiser who also has experience with managing staff capacity, Advancement operations, Advancement IT infrastructure and achieving objectives aligned with organizational strategy.