Dr. Randa Safady is The University of Texas System's vice chancellor for external relations. She leads the offices of development and gift planning services, public affairs, community and business relations, and the Center for Enhancing Philanthropy. In 2008, she established the UT System's Center for Enhancing Philanthropy to work with university professionals and volunteers by offering the tools and knowledge needed to succeed in fundraising, advancement and communications. Randa previously held development positions at UT Austin, culminating in the position of associate vice president for resource development and her involvement in UT Austin’s successful $1 billion “We’re Texas” capital campaign (1996-2003). Prior to that, she worked as director of corporate, foundation and governmental relations at St. Edward's University. Randa has served on the Austin Community Foundation Board of Governors since 2015.