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Kirk Purdom is new vice president for advancement

Kirk purdomKirk Purdom, 41, joined Transylvania April 18 as vice president for advancement. He comes to Transylvania from Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Ky., where he served in that same position for three years. He has worked in higher education since 1993, including 16 years in alumni and development at the University of Mississippi, the University of Tennessee, and Middle Tennessee State University, in addition to KWC. He holds a bachelor of science in history from the University of Mississippi.

Purdom comes to Transylvania at an exciting time with a new president who has a new vision of the university.

“It’s been a whirlwind,” Purdom said. “We’ve had inauguration, alumni weekend, graduation, a lot of events going on, and it’s been fun. There’s been a lot of excitement around the university. I think (President) Owen (Williams) is bringing a unique perspective to the institution from his background. It’s something we want to continue to grow on and enhance.”

Purdom said he has been impressed with the fund-raising efforts he saw when he arrived at Transylvania, and in his first year he is focusing on enhancing major gifts to help fund some of the big plans that are in the works for the university.

“We have a great annual fund staff and a great alumni association, and they’ve done a really good job with getting the word out there and having pretty high participation levels,” he said. “But now we have to really go out and target some major gifts for changes that President Williams wants to implement at Transylvania. We’re going to have more people out on the road. It’s that personal contact, that face-to-face cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship that we want to build with our alumni and friends.”

Associate Vice President for Development Mark Blankenship ’81 had been serving as interim vice president for alumni and development.

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