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Scott W. Cooksey has been appointed as UVU’s new permanent vice president for development and alumni relations. His new post will officially begin Jan. 4. He will also serve as CEO of the Utah Valley University Foundation, which raises and manages donations to the university.
Cooksey comes to UVU from Texas Tech University, a public research university in Lubbock, Texas, where he started in 1997 as director of development and external relations at the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
“Scott comes with an extensive fundraising background from Texas Tech, a highly dynamic institution of growth and accomplishment,” said President Matthew S. Holland, in a written statement. “He was a key figure of a billion dollar campaign and brings a wealth of expertise in development and alumni relations at all levels.”
During his time at Texas Tech, Cooksey also acted as associate vice chancellor and, most recently, as senior associate vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement for the Texas Tech University System. He was also COO of Texas Tech Foundation, which manages donor gifts that benefit the Texas Tech University system.
“I’m very excited to be joining Utah Valley University,” Cooksey said in a written statement. “The faculty, staff, alumni and supporters have a passion for higher education and helping students achieve their goals and dreams.”
“I look forward to being a part of this dedicated group of people and this dynamic university. President Holland, the Foundation Board, the Alumni Board, and the other university leaders are vested in the future and success of UVU. Their dedication is what led to my decision to come here. I’m proud to be joining this team of talented and professional individuals and leading the development and alumni relations division to many future successes,” Cooksey said in a written statement.
The previous VP of Development and Alumni Relations, Marc Archambault, left UVU last July to take a position at Western Kentucky University at Bowling Green, Ky.
Archambault has been credited with increasing donor and private funding, as well as scholarships received. He led efforts to gain private funding for the Wee Care Center, the performing arts building and the autism center. He was also able to establish successful volunteer programs.
Since then, Kay Schallenkamp has acted as interim vice president.
Schallenkamp, who holds a doctoral degree in communication disorders from the University of Colorado, has previously held positions as president of Black Hills State University in South Dakota and president of Emporia State University in Kansas.