Former Kennesaw State University vice president wins fundraising award

Wes Wicker

Wes Wicker recognized as “Fundraiser of the Year” by the Georgia Education Advancement…

Georgia (Nov 23, 2011)Wes Wicker recognized as “Fundraiser of the Year” by the Georgia Education Advancement Council

KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov. 23, 2011) — Former Kennesaw State University Vice President for Advancement Wes Wicker was recently recognized as the “Fund Raising Executive of the Year” by the Georgia Education Advancement Council. Wicker was recognized for his efforts leading the university’s first-ever comprehensive capital campaign.

Launched in October 2007, the five-year capital campaign, “The New Faces of Kennesaw State,” raised $77 million, 15 months ahead of schedule. Several major campaign gifts received this summer –– including a $500,000 scholarship pledge and an anonymous gift of $250,000 to the College of the Arts’ theatre program –– all pushed the campaign beyond its $75 million goal ahead of the initial October 2012 target date.

"We are extremely proud of the success of the capital campaign and Wes for his leadership in that success," Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp said. "This award is but the latest recognition of the university’s growing prominence."

For his part, Wicker said the recognition was a crowning achievement for him personally, and a credit to his former staff professionally.

"To be recognized by my peers in the state of Georgia, advancement officers of both public universities and private colleges, it was a great honor," he said. “But, this is really an award for our staff. Although I was personally recognized, it was the development and alumni staff that made it possible. I've had the honor of working with some great people at KSU, and I treasure those people and my memories of our work together."

Wicker attended his first GEAC conference in 1984 and served as treasurer and a board member of the organization in the ‘80s when he “was a youngster with Georgia Southwestern University.”

“I learned a great deal about university advancement there and have admired the careers of my colleagues at GEAC, so it is a rewarding honor,” he said.




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