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Spelman College Appoints Vice President of Institutional Advancement

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Jessie Brooks (web)ATLANTA (September 30, 2016) -- Jessie Brooks has been named vice president of Institutional Advancement at Spelman College, effective November 7, 2016. As a member of Spelman’s senior leadership team, Brooks will provide oversight to the College’s fundraising program.

“Jessie Brooks’ experience and his extraordinary depth and breadth of advancement knowledge align with the College’s strategic priorities,” said Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D. “His engineering background provides insight and expertise into Spelman's many STEM initiatives; as a first generation college student, he understands the importance of increasing access to high quality education; and as an avid world traveler, he brings a diverse and unique perspective to our mission of educating Black women to be global change agents. His wealth of experience at public and private institutions will be invaluable as Spelman embarks on its new strategic plan.”

Brooks brings to Spelman nearly 20 years of experience in higher education fundraising. He most recently served as senior director of development for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. Brooks began his development career working in corporate and foundation relations at the Thunderbird School of Global Management and, later, at the University of Washington College of Engineering. In 2001, he began his first stint at UCSD, serving as director of development for major gifts in the Division of Biological Sciences. After two years in the role, he joined San Diego State University, where he raised funds in support of the College of Health and Human Services. Five years later, he was named assistant and then associate vice president for university development at SDSU.

A native of New Mexico, Brooks earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of New Mexico. He is a Certified Fundraising Executive, past board member of the Association of Fundraising Professions, San Diego Chapter, and a 2014 graduate of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Minority Advancement Institute.

“I am extremely pleased to join Dr. Campbell and the Spelman team at this important time in the College’s history,” said Brooks. “Spelman’s mission is critical now more than ever. We look forward to engaging our devoted alumnae and supportive friends through philanthropy to strengthen and expand Spelman’s position as the global leader in the education of women of African descent.”

About Spelman College

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer, Broadway producer Alia Jones, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley, Harvard professor Evelynn Hammonds, author Pearl Cleage and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.


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