Steve Varley

Steve Varley

Steve Varley

Vice Chancellor for Advancement

UNCP Foundation Center,



Steve Varley brings more than two decades of fundraising experience in higher education, serving in key leadership roles at Yale and Gardner-Webb Universities. He served as associate dean for Advancement in the Yale School of Nursing which boasts more than 400 students in bachelor's, master's and doctoral nursing programs. Previously, he served as vice president for Advancement at Gardner-Webb in addition to a variety of other development and business positions. He also has experience in the classroom having taught business and organizational development courses while at Gardner-Webb.

Varley brings proven leadership as a major fundraiser in higher education and non-profit organizations. Most recently, he served as vice president for Development for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in Connecticut. While at MMF, Varley was responsible for their recent comprehensive campaigns that secured more than $48.5 million between 2018-2019.

Varley understands the importance of becoming integrated into the campus community and the impact future gifts will have on UNCP, but more importantly, the region.

Varley is a native of New Bern, N.C. He earned magna cum laude honors from Chowan University, holds an MBA from Gardner-Webb University, and has completed additional graduate studies in the Gardner-Webb School of Divinity and English program.