UW-River Falls welcomes new chief advancement officer

Richard Foy Chief Advancement OfficerJune 7, 2019 – Rick Foy joined the University of Wisconsin-River Falls advancement team in May where he serves as the assistant chancellor for University Advancement.
Foy comes to UWRF after serving as the associate director/interim director-major gifts for the UW-Eau Claire Foundation for the past seven years.
Under the direction of the chancellor, Foy will develop and execute engagement and fundraising plans for UWRF’s advancement program.
“I am confident that his leadership and fundraising expertise will bring lasting positive benefits to our campus,” said UWRF Chancellor Dean Van Galen.
Raised in Amery, Foy is familiar with the River Falls community and has many ties to UW-River Falls.
“My mom and dad were both alumni, graduates of what was then River Falls State Teachers College and so were four of my mom’s five sisters,” said Foy. “UWRF provided some of my first college experiences. I often attended sports events on campus and attended music and journalism clinics during my high school years. It may sound cliché, but accepting this position really was a homecoming of sorts.”
Foy received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from UW-Eau Claire and his master’s degree in communications management from S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He and his wife, Melanie, live in Cottage Grove, Minn. They have three daughters.
Foy can be reached at 715-425-4291 or at

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