January 22, 2008

Thressea Boyd
Director of Communications

Vice President for Advancement Candidate Scheduled for CampusInterviews

VALDOSTA - Valdosta State University is in the process of interviewing three candidates for the position of Vice President of Advancement. The second candidate, Grady Jones, will participate in a series of on-campus interviews with various groups including a presentation to faculty, staff, students and members of the community on Thursday, January 24, 2008, at 1:30 p.m., in Powell Hall. The presentation will include an overview of the Jones’ qualifications and experience in relationship to the position.

To view Jones’ resume, application letter, and interview schedule go to http://www.valdosta.edu/adv/ .

Jones received a bachelor of arts in English from Oakland City College, master’s of philanthropic studies from Indiana University School on Philanthropy and a master’s of organizational communication from Purdue University. He is currently vice president for Institutional Advancement at Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida.

The search committee includes Dr. Louis Levy, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Kurt Keppler, Vice President for Student Affairs; Mr. James Black, Vice President for Finance and Administration; Mr. Herb Reinhard, Director of Athletics; Dr. Christine James, Secretary of Faculty Senate; and Ms. Terri Lupo, Mr. Tyson McLane, and Mr. Wayne Edwards, members of the VSU Foundation, Inc.

Parker Executive Search firm of Atlanta, Georgia has been retained to assist in marketing and identifying qualified candidates for the Vice President for Advancement position. More than 20 applications were received and six candidates were interviewed off-campus on November 30 and December 1, 2008. The search committee identified three highly qualified candidates for on-campus interviews. The first candidate, Dr. Thomas Haynes completed his campus interview on January 17 and the third candidate will visit VSU on January 31, 2008.

The three finalists represent a diverse group of professionals with extensive higher education advancement experience. The finalists have documented expertise in the area of capital campaign, corporate and foundation stewardship, alumni relations, marketing and governmental affairs.

For more information, contact Thressea H. Boyd, assistant to the President for Communications, at 229-333-5952 or thboyd@valdosta.edu.

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