Cecil BanksDirector of Donor Relations, University Advancement
Cecil Banks will serve as Director of Donor Relations in University Advancement beginning June 22. Cecil has enjoyed working with Major Events for the last five years. Prior to joining the President’s Office, Cecil led the Reunions team at the Alumni Association for nearly 10 years. This new position in Advancement will capitalize Cecils time at the Alumni Association, as well as the work he has done in Major Events and working with President Ryan.
Cecil Banks is the former Associate Director of Major Events in the Office of the President at the University of Virginia, a position he has held since March 2015. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia in 2003, majoring in Psychology. After graduation, Cecil led a team of sales and service representatives at CustomInk, an online t-shirt and promotional goods company located in Northern Virginia. He returned to Charlottesville in 2005, working in alumni engagement at the UVA Alumni Association. During his 9.5-year-career at the Alumni Association, Cecil led a team that successfully increased alumni engagement at the University of Virginia by over 150%. He was responsible for the strategic planning and logistical coordination of the Alumni Associations award-winning Reunions Weekend, which brought over 5,000 alumni, and guests back to the University, as well as football tailgates, Homecomings and Young Alumni Reunion, and regional alumni events. In his current position, Cecil plans events on behalf of the Office of the President, the largest event being UVA’s graduation. Final Exercises at UVA brings together over 40,000 students, family members, and guests to Charlottesville over the course of three days in May.
Cecil and his wife Shannon have two sons, Edward and Aiden, and an extremely spoiled dog, Sabre.