December 18, 2015 by Justin Bannister, NMSU News Center
Andrea Tawney has been promoted to the role of vice president for university advancement at New Mexico State University, effective Jan. 1. NMSU President Garrey Carruthers announced his decision to campus earlier today. Tawney has served as the interim vice president of university advancement since August.
“After speaking with NMSU Foundation board members, deans and other university leaders and staff members at the Office of University Advancement, I have found tremendous support for Andrea’s promotion,” Carruthers said. “She’s demonstrated a professional, high-energy approach to fundraising activities.”
Carruthers originally hired Tawney in 2011 as the assistant dean for development in NMSU’s College of Business. In 2013, she became NMSU’s director of presidential donor relations and development. Last year, she was named associate vice president for university advancement in charge of principal gifts and regional programs.
“I am truly humbled and honored to serve the NMSU system in this role,” Tawney said. “To utilize my experience and education to make a difference in the lives of our students and Aggie families is an opportunity of a lifetime. I look forward to continuing to build on the exceptional work of our team.”
Tawney has worked in higher education for 12 years, after serving four years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force. She has a bachelor’s degree in justice systems, policy and planning and a master’s in education from Northern Arizona University. Her Ph.D. is in higher education from Texas Tech University, with a focus on the predictors of academic success for first-generation college students.
“It’s important that we move forward in our fundraising efforts,” Carruthers said. “We have an ambitious fundraising campaign ahead of us, and I am confident Andrea will help us aggressively pursue the successful completion of this campaign.”
NMSU’s Office of University Advancement recently completed its first-ever Giving Tuesday fundraising initiative. In all, the university raised more than $4.5 million for scholarships across the NMSU system.