UT Martin names Andrew Wilson to fill vice chancellor's position
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 6:00 pm
The Messenger 07.11.12
Andrew Wilson, associate vice president for university development at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, is the new vice chancellor for university advancement for the University of Tennessee at Martin.
His appointment follows a national search for the position.
“Andrew will be a great addition to the UT Martin family and UT Foundation,” said Johnnie Ray, president of the University of Tennessee Foundation. “He brings an extensive background in both fundraising and alumni relations to this role and has a real understanding of the university and its aspirations.”
Wilson, who has a bachelor’s degree from Campbellsville University in Kentucky, has worked in higher education for 22 years. His fundraising efforts have involved campaigns in excess of $60 million, including the most successful single-year total of $8.7 million raised in fiscal year 2011 at Tennessee Tech.
He and his wife, Ami, have two children, Emily and David.
“I am excited about the opportunity to join the UT Martin community and become part of such a special institution,” Wilson said. “I look forward to working with the chancellor, alumni, faculty, students and staff as we actively seek philanthropic support. Despite the current economic climate, there is tremendous opportunity to engage with those who care about Martin and are committed to its future success.”
Wilson succeeds Len Solomons, who will become a senior major gifts officer for the university July 31. Solomons led UT Martin in the recent seven-year Campaign for Tennessee during which a record $58 million was raised for the university. UT Martin serves almost 8,000 students through the Martin campus and centers in Jackson, Parsons, Ripley and Selmer.
“We had four excellent finalists for the position and we’re fortunate to have Mr. Wilson as UT Martin’s vice chancellor for university advancement,” said Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor. “He brings many years of experience in philanthropy at a time when private support for the university is more important than ever.”
The UT Foundation is an independent not-for-profit created in 2001 to support the University of Tennessee’s educational, research and public activities. As the preferred channel for all private contributions that benefit UT students and faculty, foundation staff members work with alumni and other prospective donors to secure funds for scholarships, professorships, research, outreach programs and other university initiatives.