Faculty and Staff - November 8, 2022

On behalf of the search committee for the Vice President for University Advancement, I am pleased to announce that three candidates have been invited to campus to interview for the position:

Candidate 1 – Brandy Cox Jackson

Brandy Cox Jackson has built her career supporting the advancement of public and private higher education for more than 17 years. She currently serves as associate vice chancellor and executive director of the University of Arkansas Alumni Association. She leads a team in support of an interdependent association that provides scholarships, engagement and outreach for the university. She previously served as senior director and team lead for university programs at Oklahoma State University and began her career at the University of the Ozarks as director of Alumni Relations and then director of development. Cox Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Ozarks and a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas.  She earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive status in 2011.  In 2019, she chaired the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District IV conference and in 2020 led the first pre-conference series for women’s leadership.  Cox Jackson began work on a doctorate in higher education in January 2021.
Visit dates: November 13-14, 2022
Meet and greet: 4-5 p.m., November 14, Tuttle Dining Room

Candidate 2 – William Roth

William Roth was most recently the executive director for major gifts and faculty engagement at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he led major and principal gift fundraising and stewardship efforts. As a de facto campaign director, Roth crafted a multi-year fundraising strategy for sustainable growth in fundraising through its Accelerating Impact Campaign, currently in its quiet phase. Roth has more than two decades of higher education leadership experience and more than 15 years leading development and alumni relations initiatives. He served as director of major gifts for Haverford College, executive director of development for Goucher College, executive director of development, intercollegiate athletics for the University of Pennsylvania, director of development for University College Oxford, executive director of principal gifts at the University of Toronto and associate dean of development and alumni relations at the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Roth holds a master´s degree in history from the University of Virginia and a bachelor´s degree in medieval studies from Swarthmore College. 

Visit dates: November 14-15, 2022

Meet and greet: 4-5 p.m., November 15, Tuttle Dining Room

Candidate 3 – Kevin Hughes

Kevin Hughes currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Advancement with the New College Foundation, The Honors College of Florida.  He has been with the New College Foundation since November 2019, and in this role, he oversees the foundation’s major gifts, annual fund and alumni relations programs.  Hughes spent the first decade of his career working in the political world, serving in a variety of roles in the Ohio Senate and also with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).  Given the fundraising experience he acquired in these roles, he transitioned to work in the non-profit sector in 2007.  Hughes has spent 12 years in higher education advancement roles, working at both Denison University and Stetson University College of Law prior to his current position with the New College Foundation.  A first-generation college graduate, he is passionate about providing educational opportunities to students of all backgrounds and experiences.  Hughes received his bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, Penn., and currently serves as a member of the AFP Southwest Florida board.

Visit dates: November 16-17, 2022

Meet and greet: 4-5 p.m., November 17, Tuttle Dining Room

A website has been created for you to review the candidates’ interest letters and resumes.  During the visits, you will have the opportunity to meet with the candidates on the days and at the times indicated above. 

The search committee and I hope you will provide your feedback.  

Finally, in other good news, the search for Winthrop’s next Provost is live on the Myers McRae website. Please share the information with colleagues who may be a good fit for Winthrop.  Thank you for your interest in both of these important searches.


Edward A. Serna