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Richards, Zak

Zachary M Richards

Executive Director for Development and External Relations
College of Natural Sciences


Office Location

Postal Address
The University of Texas at Austin
120 INNER CAMPUS DR, Stop G2500
AUSTIN, TX 78712-1252


Zak Richards serves as Executive Director of Development & External Relations for the University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences. 

He was previously Chief Principal Gifts Officer for the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science in Charlottesville, VA. In that role, he led the major gifts team, worked with a global network of donors and leadership volunteers and supported strategic planning for UVA’s $5 billion dollar campaign. In his previous roles of Senior Director of Advancement and Director of Development, he worked closely with alumni, Fortune 500 companies and foundations to secure major gifts to fund the school’s top research and education priorities. He began his higher education career at the Engineering School in 2007 as Senior Writer and Production Manager. His communications work supported student recruitment, national rankings and development initiatives for UVA’s “Knowledge is Power” $3 billion campaign.

Mr. Richards started his career as a reporter for the Charleston Daily Mail and then worked as Public Relations Coordinator for the Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia. He earned his B.S. in News-Editorial Journalism from the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University and his M.A. in Advertising from the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University.