Development Officer Joins Engineering School

Sept. 15, 2008

Ann Ratliff has been named chief development officer for the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, where she’s responsible for carrying on the school’s ambitious fundraising activities.

Ratliff was previously director of development for both the Brown School of Engineering and the Wiess School of Natural Sciences at Rice University, where she built a four-member fundraising team and developed funding priorities and strategies for the university’s capital campaign.

“Support from the community and our alumni is crucial in helping the Jonsson School achieve its goal of joining the nation’s top schools of engineering, and Ann will play an important part in helping expand this support,” said Dr. Mark Spong, dean of the Jonsson School.

Prior to joining Rice, Ratliff was assistant dean for external relations in the College of Natural Sciences at UT Austin, where she implemented a fundraising strategy for the highly successful UTeach program.  

“I’m extremely excited about working with the Jonsson School’s new dean, Dr. Spong, as the school begins the next era in its growth,” she said. “I’m looking forward to building on the school’s substantial existing support and helping maintain the school’s momentum toward top-tier status.”

A graduate of the University of Houston, Ratliff is active in a number of professional and volunteer organizations. She replaces Eric Gentry, who is now assistant vice president for development at UT San Antonio.

The Jonsson School has undergone significant growth during the past five years largely as a result of a $240 million economic development project supported by an innovative consortium of government, industry and educational institutions. That included construction of the $85 million Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory building, which is now helping attract additional faculty and students.


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Ann Ratliff
Ann Ratliff was previously director of development for both the Brown School of Engineering and the Wiess School of Natural Sciences at Rice University.

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