William "Bill" Torrey joined the University of Redlands in October 2022 as interim vice president for advancement, following a long career in higher education. He was the senior vice president for planning and development at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine for more than 20 years. During his tenure, the programs he oversaw raised more than $700 million and his responsibilities included oversight of Public affairs and communications, alumni relations, facilities management, and secretary of the college for the board of trustees, in addition to his leadership of development.
Following Bowdoin, he served Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts for seven years as vice President for University Advancement, with responsibility for career services and the Center for Women and Business, in addition to advancement.
Since that time, he has served in interim capacities as vice president for advancement at Holy Names University in Oakland, California and McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, where he led the restructuring of university advancement divisions for the respective schools.
He holds a B.A. and M.S. Ed. from Bucknell University.
Reporting to the President, the vice president for advancement is responsible for advancing the University's mission through active engagement and lasting philanthropy. In addition to overseeing all fundraising and advancement efforts with the President and Board of Trustees, the vice president for advancement is also charged with energizing and leading an increasingly robust alumni relations function, connecting U of R alumni, including adult learners and graduates of satellite campuses. Serving on the President's Cabinet, the vice president of advancement collaborates with many internal and external constituencies, including the local community of Redlands, as well as business, community, and government leaders in the region and state. To achieve these goals, the vice president of university advancement leads a staff of 25 within the Advancement division, including the Development, Alumni and Community Relations, and Advancement Services teams.