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Kyle Edgington Named New VP for Alumni Relations, Development
Nov. 18, 2016
Dr. Kyle Edgington
The University of Texas at Dallas has named Dr. Kyle Edgington as the new vice president for development and alumni relations after a national search. He will oversee the University’s fundraising and alumni outreach efforts.
Edgington has been UT Dallas’ associate vice president for development since April 2015. He was appointed to the position after serving as a visiting clinical professor who taught organizational behavior, management of nonprofit organizations and fundraising certificate courses in the Naveen Jindal School of Management.
In 2011, Edgington secured the two largest alumni gifts in UT Dallas’ history while serving as assistant dean of the School of Management. Under his leadership, alumni Naveen Jindal MBA’92, Chuck Davidson MS’80 and Nancy Gundy Davidson BS’80 contributed an unprecedented combined gift of $30 million to the school.
“We are extremely pleased to add such a seasoned leader who has deep ties to this University,” said Dr. Richard Benson, UT Dallas president. “Kyle’s approach to outreach and relationship building will be a tremendous asset as we work toward increasing the University’s endowment and engaging alumni.”
“We are extremely pleased to add such a seasoned leader who has deep ties to this University. Kyle’s approach to outreach and relationship building will be a tremendous asset as we work toward increasing the University’s endowment and engaging alumni.”
Before joining UT Dallas in 2008, Edgington worked at Texas Tech University, where he was initially a major gifts officer and later became the director of development for the College of Engineering. During his time at Texas Tech, Edgington successfully organized and launched a $20 million campaign for the college’s department of petroleum engineering.
Edgington received a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Texas Tech, an MBA from Wayland Baptist University and a PhD in public affairs from UT Dallas. He was named as one of the Dallas Business Journal’s top “40 Under 40” honorees in 2012 for his work as president of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star Foundation.
“Philanthropy is among the oldest and most cherished traditions in academia,” Edgington said. “At UT Dallas, that tradition was established nearly five decades ago by three visionaries who cared deeply about the future of our region. I am honored to join President Benson’s leadership team and — along with our dedicated community of 92,000-strong alumni, business leaders, philanthropists, faculty, staff and students — perpetuate the giving spirit of our founders. I look forward to serving my alma mater in this new role. Whoosh!”
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