WT Welcomes New Leadership in University Development

Feb. 11, 2020

CONTACT: Dr. Todd Rasberry, 806-651-2647, trasberry@wtamu.edu

COPY BY: Brittany Castillo, 806-651-2682, bcastillo@wtamu.edu


WT Welcomes New Leadership in University Development

CANYON, Texas—Philanthropy at West Texas A&M University is getting a jolt of energy with the hire of three new major gift officers (MGO) and an assistant vice president (AVP) for leadership gift and development.

After an extensive search, Molly Caviness and Matthew McComas began as MGOs in the Office for Philanthropy and External Relations on Feb. 10. Keith Brown will begin his role as an MGO in March. Lesly Bosch Annen will begin her duties as AVP on Feb. 17.

Since 2013, Caviness has worked with the Children’s Miracle Network in Amarillo by supporting branding, marketing, fundraising and serving as director the last two years. Prior to the Network, she worked at H. Reese Beddingfield Designs overseeing operations including purchasing and client relations. Caviness is an active community member and involved with the Amarillo Symphony Ball, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Amarillo Area CASA and Amarillo Botanical Gardens. She attended the University of Texas and holds a bachelor’s degree in general studies in 2005 from WT.

McComas has worked in a marketing and development capacity for the last 13 years including as director of the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation since 2018. His professional involvement includes the Amarillo Area Foundation, Association of Fundraising Professionals and White Deer Land Museum Board of Directors. McComas earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Kansas State University in 2006 and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from the University of Oregon in 2018. He holds certifications from FOCUS Sales Training in 2013 and the Business Development Program in Fort Worth in 2017.

Brown joins WT from Opportunity Plan, Inc., where he served as executive director since 2007. Under his leadership, the organization created scholarship opportunities that supported post-secondary students primarily from the Texas Panhandle and South Plains regions. He earned both his bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1991 and M.B.A. in 2019 from WT, where he also served as the executive director of the Alumni Association from 1998-2007. Brown’s community involvement includes Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Amarillo Area Foundation and the Canyon Economic Development Corporation.

For nearly 25 years, Annen has worked as director in higher education and philanthropy. She became principal advisor of Annen Consulting bringing her experiences from Frank Phillips College, the University of Texas, the Dallas Women’s Foundation and Healy Partners, a firm based on philanthropic planning. She has a bachelor’s degree in animal science from California State Polytechnic University and master’s degree in agriculture, public relations from Texas Tech University. Annen became a certified chartered advisor in philanthropy by The American College of Financial Services in 2012 and a certified fundraising executive by CFRE International in 2013.

For more information about development at WT, contact Dr. Todd Rasberry at 806-651-2647.