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Thomas J. Haynes named vice president of University Relations

admin | 11/9/2011, 11:32 a.m.

Florida A&M University (FAMU) President James H. Ammons has appointed Thomas J. Haynes as the new vice president for University Relations. I am confident that Thomas Haynes will demonstrate strong leadership and fundraising skills for University Relations, said Ammons. He has experience with capital campaigns and a thorough knowledge of marketing and grant solicitation. We look forward to working with him as we take FAMU to the next level in higher education. Haynes has worked at the university in various roles from 1977-2003. Im excited about returning to FAMU, Haynes said. Its a place I know and am passionate about. I am committed to its mission and looking forward to working with the president, board of trustees, faculty, staff, students and alumni as we position the university to continue achieving its mission. Haynes said one of his first goals is to begin to develop a fundraising infrastructure that will not only meet the Capital Campaign goal, but also position the university in terms of resource development. Haynes earned his bachelors degree in 1976 from Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C.; his masters degree from FAMU in 1977; and his doctorate in education leadership with specialization in educational policy, planning and analysis in 1991 from Florida State University. From 2003-2008, he served as the Montclair State University vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the University Foundation in Montclair, N.J. There he provided vision, leadership and management for the following functional areas: communications and marketing, alumni relations, public and media relations, community relations, career services, development and advancement services, foundation services, web services and publications.He developed infrastructure and internal and external relationships required to achieve the strategic goal of transitioning from a Masters Comprehensive University to a Doctoral Research Intensive University. From 2008-2010, he served as Coppin State Universitys vice president for Institutional Advancement and executive director of the University Foundation in Baltimore, Md. Prior to returning FAMU, he has been working as a fundraising consultant where he provides consulting services to small to mid-sized non-profit organizations in the areas of:strategic planning, capital campaign planning, implementation and, feasibility studies, major gift and fundraising counsel, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, design, implementation and management of planned giving programs, fundraising assessment and audits, executive coaching, grant writing, research and administration, interim staffing solutions, donor data base analysis and prospect development, corporate and foundation relations, annual fund management, and foundation operations and management. Haynes says he is looking forward to meeting the staff and getting reacquainted with the university again.