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Office of Development at Tarleton State University

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Mission

Seek to identify, inform, interest and involve alumni, friends and prospects with the goal that they and other potential donors will recognize that their involvement and ultimately their financial support is a critical link in assisting the University in accomplishing its mission and achieving its goals.

We will achieve this through:

  • Identifying, Cultivating, and Educating Prospective Donors
    and working with them to develop current and future gifts, which meet the donors' financial and philanthropic intentions while enhancing the University.
  • Recognizing Donors Appropriately
    for their gifts through giving levels and special events.
  • Keeping Our Constituencies Accurately Informed
    of gifts made, giving opportunities and progress made by the University.
  • Maintaining Committed and Knowledgeable Staff
    who continue to develop professional skills and obtain information in order to better serve the University.

Staff

Office of Development
Kyle McGregor, Ph.D. '96

Kyle McGregor, Ph.D. '96

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Email: mcgregor@tarleton.edu

Phone: 254-968-9890

Kyle was named Tarleton State University’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement in 2014. He provides leadership for development, advancement, external/community relations, marketing, communications and legislative affairs functions at the university. He also serves as the university liaison to the Tarleton Alumni Association and the Tarleton State University Foundation, Inc. Before his appointment as Vice President, Kyle was named Chief of Staff to the Office of the President at Tarleton State University in 2011. He began his service to Tarleton in 2002 as a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences. As a faculty member, Kyle gathered more than $1 million in external funding, led multiple research and outreach projects for state and national agencies and received eleven different commendations for excellence in teaching. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Services & Development from Tarleton State University in 1996, He received his Master’s degree in Agriculture Education in 1997 and his Doctorate of Education in Agriculture Education in 2002 from Texas Tech University.

Janice Horak

Janice Horak

Assistant Vice President for Development

Email: jhorak@tarleton.edu

Phone: 254-968-9857

Janice has been with Tarleton since 1996, originally serving as director for the Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Educational Center in Granbury and later moving to the Stephenville campus as director of community relations. In 2011, she was promoted to assistant vice president for external relations, and now as assistant vice president for development she focuses on major gifts and oversees all development programs. Janice has served on the boards of directors for the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council, Preserve Granbury, Slumber Falls Camp and the Granbury Chamber of Commerce among others. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech from Trinity University in 1985. She cohosts a weekly jazz show on KTRL- Tarleton Public Radio and is a member of the President's Circle and the KTRL Leadership Circle.

Jennifer Hawthorne

Jennifer Hawthorne

Development Director, Annual Giving

Email: hawthorne@tarleton.edu

Phone: 254-968-1756

Jennifer started working at Tarleton in 2016 in her present position. She serves as the development director for annual giving. Jennifer’s primary responsibility is the strategic execution and management of a comprehensive annual giving program. Jennifer received her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Park University in 2000.

Cori Brown '08

Cori Brown '08

Development Officer, Annual Giving

Email: clbrown@tarleton.edu

Phone: 254-968-9699

Cori  started working at Tarleton in 2009 as a student recruiter in the Welcome Center and Office of School Relations. She joined the Development Team in 2011 and serves as the development officer for annual giving. Cori's primary responsibilities are the Tarleton Fund which includes direct mail, phonathon, 1899 Circle, Faculty& Staff Giving and student philanthropy programs. Cori received her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Tarleton in 2008.

Callie Fender '12

Callie Fender '12

Development Officer, Academic Colleges

Email: fender@tarleton.edu

Phone: 254-968-9771

Callie started working at Tarleton in 2017 in her present position. She serves as the development officer for the university’s academic colleges. Callie’s primary responsibilities are planning, coordinating and sustaining Tarleton’s Dean’s Circle giving program to meet the university’s academic colleges’ fundraising goals and building the individual donor base. Callie also focuses on fundraising for special programs within each college. Callie received her Bachelor's degree from Tarleton in Communication Studies: Public Relations and Event Management in 2012.

Wayne Davenport

Wayne Davenport

Development Officer, Major Gifts

Email: wdavenport@tarleton.edu

Phone: 254-968-1756

Wayne started working at Tarleton in 2015 in his present position. He serves as the development officer for major gifts. Wayne’s primary responsibilities are planning, coordinating and implementing Tarleton’s individual major gift program to meet the university’s fundraising goals and build the individual donor base. Wayne received his Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Science and Technology along with his teacher certification in secondary Agriculture in 2003 and his Master’s degree in Animal Science in 2005 from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Tarleton State University Foundation, Inc.
Ashleah Baker

Ashleah Baker

Administrator

Email: abaker@tarleton.edu

Phone: 254-968-9421

Ashleah began her time at Tarleton in 2003 in the Office of Development. In 2008, she joined the Tarleton State University Foundation, Inc. and serves as Administrator. Ashleah’s primary responsibility is the operation of the Foundation and coordination of a 12-member board of directors. Additionally, she is responsible for the administration of planned giving activities. Ashleah is a TSU graduate, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 2004.