Columbus State Hires New Vice President for University Advancement

Alan MeddersCOLUMBUS, Ga. After a nationwide search conducted by Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, Columbus State University announced today that its new vice president for University Advancement is Alan Medders, who currently serves as the vice president for institutional advancement at the University of North Alabama.

CSU’s vice president for University Advancement is a senior-level administrator reporting directly to the president and is an active participant on the president’s leadership team. Additionally, the vice president serves as the executive director of the Columbus State University Foundation, Inc.

He directs all of the university’s fundraising efforts and leads a division that includes development, alumni relations, community relations and advancement services.

“We were exceedingly impressed with the pool of candidates we attracted to this job opening,” said CSU President Tim Mescon. “I think it speaks well to the tradition of private support we have developed here. With his experience and his expertise, Alan stood out and is certainly the right person to build on that foundation and take us to the next level. I am extremely excited he is joining our team.”

Medders, who is also the executive director of the University of North Alabama Foundation, has been in Florence, Ala., for five years. Earlier, he was vice president for development at Campbellsville University in Kentucky, president/CEO of the Woman’s Missionary Union Foundation in Birmingham, Ala., and the director of church relations at Carson-Newman College in Tennessee.

“I am very honored to have been selected for this position at CSU and look forward to working with the president, administration, faculty and staff, as well as the trustees of the CSU Foundation” Medders said.

Medders has led and-or organized several comprehensive fundraising campaigns, has worked extensively with boards of trustees to create common visions and plans, and had oversight in the asset management of several investment portfolios and the policies and procedures that guide the collection, distribution and reporting of each.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Samford University before going on to earn his master’s and doctorate of ministry from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. Additionally, Medders is completing his dissertation for a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Tennessee.

He will start work at Columbus State July 1.

Photo: Alan Medders