Please meet our management team members below.

Mitchell Neaves, Interim Vice President

Thank you for your interest in development opportunities at UVI! As with any fundraising effort, UVI relies on a team of dedicated development professionals to help advance the mission and vision of the University. With many years of development experience the Institutional Advancement management team is committed to establishing partnerships that will help UVI realize success on its Pathways to Greatness.

Mitchell Neaves

The Director of Major Gifts will help you learn of the substantial impact your gift can have in our campus community. Your financial support can assist an aspiring doctor, fund cutting-edge research or inspire our next Rhodes Scholar. He will also guide you through the process of making a significant commitment to an institution that helps so many people achieve greatness. Mr. Neaves welcomes the opportunity to share the UVI story with you.

Linda I. Smith, ’98, ’03

The Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs hails from the island of St. Croix and holds a bachelor’s of arts in business administration with a concentration in management, a master’s of arts in public administration from the University of the Virgin Islands, and a certificate in fund raising management from The Center of Philanthropy at the University of Indiana.  Ms. Smith oversees the philanthropic efforts of the annual giving and alumni affairs office which requires outreach to over 10,000 traditional and special alumni, alumni chapters leaders, supporters, and friends. 

Richard Cleaver

The Director of Corporate, Foundation, & Government Relations serves as the matchmaker between the University and private foundations and corporate philanthropy. He works with various units and programs of the University and finds support for them from external sources (mostly on the mainland) whose purposes line up with the University’s mission and strategic goals. Mr. Cleaver encourages members of the University to dream big, then share their dreams with him.