Published: Wed Aug 15, 2007Tennessee Tech University begins the new academic year with a new associate vice president for University Development.
Andy Wilson, who joined the University Advancement team this summer, is responsible to the vice president for University Advancement for managing a comprehensive university development program that includes annual programs, planned giving, corporate/foundation relations, and major gifts.
"Andy brings a breadth of experience in higher education fund-raising in the areas of major gift, corporate and foundation giving," said Mark Hutchins, vice president for University Advancement. "This combined with his excellent communication skills and friendly demeanor will make him a true asset to our university development efforts."
For seven years, Wilson worked at his alma mater, Campbellsville University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He served as an Admission counselor for two years, then as director of Alumni Affairs for five years. He moved into a development career at Lexington Catholic High School, where he held the position of director of Development and Alumni Relations.
In 2001, Wilson accepted the post of director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Northern Kentucky University. Under his direction, the university exceeded a $40 million campaign goal by raising $51 million nine months ahead of schedule. Wilson also administered a fundraising plan for the College of Arts and Sciences that resulted in $13.8 million.
Wilson says he is eagerly anticipating TTU's upcoming century celebration in 2015.
"The century mark gives TTU an avenue to embark on a new strategy for fundraising that will enhance TTU's leadership in Tennessee and the nation through its already great educational successes," said Wilson.
"We have a unique opportunity at TTU with athletic success, enrollment at an all time high, and new leadership within the colleges that can build on the past several years."
Active in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Wilson served as the president of the CASE KY board of directors in 2006. He was also a member of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and a member of Leadership Northern Kentucky, Class of 2005.
"We are pleased to have found someone the caliber of Andy to run our development efforts and help us move this critical area to the next level, and we are excited to welcome him and his family to Tech and to Cookeville," said Hutchins.
Wilson says he hopes community members realize what an impact they have on the future of TTU students.
"What TTU does is shape dreams," said Wilson. "We help to shape the dreams of students by supplying the tools they need to succeed in college. "It is through this work of philanthropy that we are able to share with community leaders that they can make a difference with students by providing them a bright future."
Wilson takes over the position last held by Tom Hamilton, who retired earlier this year.