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Emory appoints new assistant vice president of advancement

The Emory University Division of Advancement and Alumni Engagement (AAE) has appointed Marla Vickers as assistant vice president for advancement, colleges, schools, and units. Her appointment is effective June 3, 2019. She will provide leadership and strategic direction for fundraising, alumni and constituent engagement efforts for Oxford College, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Goizueta Business School, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Campus Life and Athletics, Parent Philanthropy, Libraries, and Michael C. Carlos Museum.

Vickers joins Emory with 19 years of development experience, most recently as assistant vice president for development at Yale University. While at Yale, she oversaw seven units in the university’s development office, including major gifts, planned giving, annual giving, reunion giving, leadership giving, prospect research and prospect management. She established a university-wide West Coast Strategy Team for all frontline fundraisers and served as a key thought partner in the preparation for the university’s next multi-billion-dollar comprehensive campaign. She has built strong internal relationships within complex university environments and implemented campaign strategies while finding more efficient and tactical ways to close gifts and drive fundraising priorities.

Prior to her tenure at Yale, Vickers served in multiple development roles at various institutions, including The University of Chicago, George Washington University, Duke University, and Georgetown University.

Vickers holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Georgia, a master of arts from Florida State University, a master of business administration from George Washington University, and a fundraising professional certificate from Northwestern University. She brings proven leadership and management experience to AAE and Emory, along with an entrepreneurial spirit, a track record of success as a frontline fundraiser and manager, and a deep appreciation for establishing strong relationships with colleagues and campus leaders.

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