March 3, 2009
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University Names New Alumni Director
CANYON, Texas—After a nationwide search, officials at West Texas A&M University have named Becky Stogner as the new executive director of the WTAMU Alumni Association. She began her duties March 2.
Stogner comes to WTAMU from The Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Center, where she had served as director of annual giving, then director of development since September 2003. As director, she was responsible for the daily activities of the department, including the management of the department budget and funding strategies, providing volunteer support and serving as a spokesperson as needed.
She also has worked as a campaign and development associate with the Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, Mo. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Missouri Baptist University and completed a course in principles and techniques of fundraising at the School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
As executive director of the WTAMU Alumni Association, Stogner’s primary responsibility will be to foster a closer relationship between the University and former students. She replaces J. Frank Kiker, who resigned in December, and she will report to Dr. Neal Weaver, vice president for institutional advancement.
Stogner will be busy with plans to establish alumni chapters in various cities across Texas, and she will take an active role in the redesign of The West Texan, the association’s quarterly magazine. She also will be working to increase the volunteer base among WTAMU alumni.
“I’m extremely pleased to have Becky in this position,” Weaver said. “We had many good candidates, but Becky’s background was impressive, and her confidence and enthusiasm make her the ideal person for the job. She has some great ideas, and we look forward to working with her.”
Stogner is a member of the Camp Alphie Board of Directors and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Center City Business and Professional Women named her the March 2005 Young Careerist.
A search committee, comprised of WTAMU alumni and WTAMU faculty and staff members reviewed approximately eight qualified applications for the position.