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AAMU Administrator to Hold Training in Azerbaijan

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Huntsville, Ala. ---- The Executive Director of the Alabama A&M University Foundation has been invited to lend expertise on effective techniques in connection with a nationally noted advisor exchange program.


Allen P. Vital will serve as a mentor/trainer to share successful models and effective campus fundraising strategies in Azerbaijan.  The administrator’s visit is part of the Muskie Mentor/Advisor Exchange (MAX) program.  Vital served AAMU in the previous capacity of vice president for institutional advancement.  


The MAX program supports continued professional relationships between Muskie alumni and their American host advisors, supervisors, professors, and VitalOfficial.jpg
mentors.  The program also helps the Muskie alumnus or alumna work in collaboration with a host mentor or advisor (e.g., Vital), to create and implement a professional education workshop in the alum’s home country.


Thus, Vital will travel to Baku, Azerbaijan, to conduct or co-conduct workshops focusing on continuing professional education with and for the Muskie alum and non-alumni peers and colleagues.  The Republic of Azerbaijan is home to more than 9 million inhabitants and is located in the Caspian Sea region, just north of Iran and south of Russia.


During his visit abroad,Vital will present workshops at Azerbaijan University of Languages, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, Khazar University and Ganja Agrarian State University.  He will be conducting the workshops with Muskie alum Nigar Ismayilzadeh from October 18-28.


Prior to joining the Alabama A&M University family in 2007, Vital served as an assistant vice president for resource development and manager of Title III programs at Xavier University of Louisiana. 


A Certified Fund Raiser, Vital amassed an impressive career in institutional advancement. He served as director of major gifts at Xavier, where he managed a portfolio of 150 prospects and assisted the University in raising more than $20 million for its capital campaign.


Vital also served as executive director of the Baton Rouge Community College Foundation, as well as director of alumni affairs and director of external resources at that institution. He was manager of the foundation and director of development at Alcorn State University and director of development for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where he also served as special assistant to the president. 


The sought-after speaker on issues dealing with institutional advancement, planned giving and grant writing, Vital is a member of the Council for Advancement in Support of Education (CASE).


Vital holds a Master of Education degree in counseling from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Southern University, and he received certification as a legal assistant in paralegal studies from Louisiana State University, and his fund raising certification from The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.  He is in the final stages of completing doctoral studies in urban higher education at Jackson State University. 


by Jerome Saintjones

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