Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Chancellor James T. MinorPhD, appointed Seth Walker as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement (VCUA) and CEO of the SIUE Foundation. Pending approval by the SIU Board of Directors, Walker will assume the role of Monday, August 1, 2022.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill., June 27, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Chancellor James T. MinorPhD, appointed Seth Walker as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement (VCUA) and CEO of the SIUE Foundation. Pending approval by the SIU Board of Directors, Walker will assume the role of Monday, August 1, 2022.
“As SIUE strives to engage alumni, friends and donors more effectively, I am confident in by Seth Walker ability to significantly enhance advancement efforts to support the university’s mission,” said Minor. “I believe that members of the SIUE community will appreciate his energy, his data-driven approach and his understanding of what we want to accomplish. I look forward to working with him as we define our future and set new expectations.”
As VCUA, Walker will oversee annual giving, financial affairs, major gifts, prospect research, stewardship, gift planning and constituent relations, as well as the SIUE Alumni Association and the board of directors of the SIUE Foundation.
Walker strongly believes in the promise and transformative power of institutions like SIUE.
“I am passionate about working to ensure that institutions like SIUE have the resources to continue to grow,” Walker said. “In the short term, I will focus on working with the established SIUE team to prepare the University for a full fundraising campaign. In the long term, I will focus on building a strong university foundation that will support the university in creating what the Minor Chancellor refers to as a margin of excellence for SIUE.”
Walker most recently served as Senior Director of Development for the Coles College of Business, Graduate College, College of Professional Education and Division of Global Affairs at Kennesaw State University (KSU). KSU, located in the suburbs Atlantahas grown rapidly and is now the third largest public university in Georgiawith more than 43,000 students.
In this role, Walker championed and created programs that provided students with access to financial resources to complete their education. Additionally, Walker has worked closely with faculty to identify research and philanthropic funding opportunities and across KSU’s nine colleges to create collaborative programs for companies interested in research and recruitment.
“KSU has achieved tremendous growth and development success by implementing a metrics-based advancement store,” he explained. “I look forward to working with the advancement team and our academic partners to implement a program similar to SIUE. I am confident that this action plan is working as KSU’s endowment has grown from $36 million in 2017 at more $110 million.”
An accomplished advancement leader, Walker holds the CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) designation, held by less than 5% of professional fundraisers. Walker previously held similar roles for University of Southern Georgia and the Georgia Aquarium. He began his non-profit fundraising career at United Way of the Coastal Empire, based in Savannah, Ga.
Walker holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences Administration and an MBA from University of Southern Georgia (Previously Armstrong Atlantic State University) in Savannah, Ga. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration at University of Southern Georgia.
Walker, his wife, Anna, and their five-year-old son look forward to joining and getting involved in the Edwardsville community.
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville provides students with a high-quality, life-transforming education for all individuals who seek something greater. SIUE prepares them for successful careers and meaningful lives. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education and reinforced by practical research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation that SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Located on 2,660 acres of beautiful clifftop woods overlooking the natural beauty of the rich Mississippi River bottomlands and only a short drive from downtown Saint Louisthe SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of over 13,000 students.
Megan Wieser, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville618-650-3653, [email protected]
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