Robert Sweeney


Robert Sweeney

Of Counsel


Charlottesville, Virginia


Niagara University, B.A., Honorary Doctorate

Bob has spent virtually his entire 40-plus-year career leading colleges and universities in maximizing their fundraising and public outreach. He has represented some of the finest public and private institutions during pivotal periods in their history, when they leveraged strong leadership, significant new private resources and a compelling story to gain prominence. Every institution he has served has significantly increased its positioning in the various guides and rankings. These include SUNY Oswego, the University of Richmond, Loyola University of Maryland, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and, for the past 22 years, the University of Virginia. He has spent more than 31 years at the Vice President level or above.

As Senior Vice President for University Advancement at UVA, Bob was the architect of two of the largest campaigns in the history of public higher education. In 2000, he led a successful campaign for $1.43 billion. At the time, it was the largest amount ever raised by a public university. The University recently completed a $3 billion fundraising effort that, at the time of its announcement, was the largest ever attempted by a public or private university. During his tenure at UVA, Bob orchestrated funding that exceeds $4.5 billion.

He retired from the University in 2016 and in November 2016 was honored with The Thomas Jefferson Award, the highest honor given to a member of the University community who has exemplified in character, work and influence the principles and ideals of Thomas Jefferson, and thus advanced the objectives for which he founded the University.

He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph Hospital (Towson MD), his alma mater Niagara University (where he received an honorary doctorate in 1998) and several University of Virginia related foundations including the Virginia Health Foundation, the Virginia Athletics Foundation and the University of Virginia Foundation.