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The College of Veterinary Medicine announced today that Kelley Gibson has been hired as the new senior director of development, charged with leading the College’s fundraising and alumni relations efforts.

Kelley joins the College after six years at Young Harris College where she served as the assistant vice president for advancement. In this role she partnered with the vice president for advancement on all fundraising efforts for the 1100-student private college. This included annual strategic and engagement plans for prospects and donors – both major gifts and annual giving.  Prior to that, she spent six years at Columbus State University in a variety of development-related positions, most notably two years as the director of annual giving, where they recorded a $1.3 million increase in annual fundraising during her last year there. She holds a BA from the University of Georgia and an MPA from Columbus State University.

“We are thrilled to have Kelley on board,” said Lisa K. Nolan, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “She brings solid experience in all aspects of development with her and should prove to be a valuable addition to our established team. We look forward to growing our giving portfolio under Kelley’s leadership – something that will help to fulfill our mission and build new programs and initiatives.”

In her new role, she will lead the College’s development office, working to raise funds for research, increase scholarship funding, grow endowments and increase donations that support the work of faculty. She will be responsible for major gifts (over $25,000), as well as for providing strategy, leadership and management of all levels of giving for the College – including annual gifts and stewardship. Her team is comprised of the current development and alumni relations functions –an assistant director of development, an annual giving coordinator, a client advocate, and an alumni and event coordinator.

Gibson started her new position June 18.