Talladega, Alabama—Talladega College is welcoming a new member to its administrative team. The college is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Tysus D. Jackson to the position of Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Ms. Jackson previously was the Director of Development of the Child Health Advocacy Institute in the Children’s Hospital Foundation of the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. For nearly five years, she was responsible for fundraising and solidifying relationships for the institute which relies on external resources.
In the capacity as Development Director, Ms. Jackson secured nearly one million dollars annually for the Children’s Hospital Foundation. She also led a team comprised of campaign leadership committee members and junior professional staff members. “We are privileged to have Ms. Jackson on board with this administration. She is a progressive thinker with a proven track record of fundraising, plus expertise in corporate relations and development. Ms. Jackson will be the fitting piece in helping us move forward with new initiatives and expansion for Talladega College,” remarks President, Dr. Billy C. Hawkins.
Prior to Children’s Hospital, Ms. Jackson was the Director of Development for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. At Virginia Tech, Ms. Jackson reorganized the development program and acquired millions of dollars. Under her leadership, Virginia Tech experienced its highest levels of philanthropic giving. She also previously held the Director of Development of Multicultural Affairs position at Virginia Tech where she helped to create the first diversity scholarship program with five and six figure scholarships for the university fund and she coordinated the first news magazine for black alumni.
Ms. Jackson obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She also has a master’s degree from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a concentration in Non-Profit Management and Philanthropy from the Indiana University Bloomington. She has presented and participated in numerous activities with the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE); she’s published research in The International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Marketing and she has national development certification. At Wabash College in Indiana, Ms. Jackson was a CASE Jupiter Fellow where she worked on numerous projects that included research and strategy to increase the engagement of black alumni. She has also worked as the Assistant Economic Development Director in the Fort Wayne, Indiana Mayor’s Office.
Ms. Jackson will begin in her new capacity as Talladega College’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement this summer in July.