by Jerome Saintjones
Huntsville, Ala. ---- Alabama A&M University is methodically putting into place the advancement personnel needed to launch a sustained fundraising effort.
New to the Office of Marketing, Communication and Advancement, led by Vice President Wendy Kobler, are Archie Tucker II and Anthony Daniels, two staffers charged with developing a sound fundraising plan targeted at boosting the giving levels of several university constituent groups, from alumni to corporations and foundations.
A graduate of Mississippi Valley State University (B.S.) and Delta State University (MBA), Archie Tucker II serves in the capacity of Director of
Development. In this role, Tucker is responsible for managing and expanding the University’s private funding, which includes providing leadership and oversight for major gift/donor support, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, annual giving, advancement services and development-related communications.
“I am excited about this opportunity to serve one of the nation’s leading 1890 land-grant institutions in Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University,” Tucker states. “As resources continue to decline, private funding has become increasingly vital to ensuring the sustainability of our universities. I look forward to partnering with Alabama A&M’s various stakeholders as we work together in an effort to propel the University forward.”
Prior to his current post, Tucker served as interim executive director of university advancement at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU). He also served as annual fund officer at MVSU. He has served as an adjunct instructor and workforce investment area coordinator at Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, Miss. Other posts include assistant director of career services and placement, and admissions recruiter at Delta State University. In 2003, he was a Congressional Intern for U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (Miss.).
Anthony Daniels has been named Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer. He grew up in Midway, Ala., and he earned the undergraduate degree in elementary education from Alabama A&M University, where he would later receive the master’s degree in special education.
“A&M has given me so much,” comments Daniels. In addition to acknowledging the administration “for a phenomenal opportunity” to help build mutually beneficial
partnerships between AAMU and the corporate sector, Daniels says he will also work to encourage more alumni to give back, as well.
In his new capacity, Daniels will help expand corporate and foundation relations; identify donor prospects; develop and draft proposals; compose a University Development Council to identify and address departmental and institutional needs; help set short- and long-range fundraising goals and objectives; track progress of pending gifts; and other related duties.
In 2006, Daniels became the first African-American chairman of the National Education Association Student Program, an organization representing over 70,000 college students on more than 1,100 campuses nationally. During that stint, he was considered a leading voice on the issue of college access and affordability.
In addition to the aforementioned posts, the advancement office will bring online a call center that will utilize up to 10 students and a manager to assist with the fundraising effort. The call center is expected to fully begin operations on February 1, 2012, according to Kobler.
For more information about current fundraising efforts, contact Archie Tucker at (256) 372-8344.