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Brent E. Davison Named King University Vice President for Advancement

Brent DavisonBRISTOL, Tenn., Feb. 27, 2018 – Following a nationwide search, King University has named Brent E. Davison Vice President for Advancement. Davison assumed his new role in January.

Davison will lead a comprehensive advancement program consisting of fundraising, alumni relations, and marketing efforts to help strengthen King’s relationships with key constituencies. He comes to King with more than two decades of leadership, strategic planning, and institutional advancement experience gained through work at both private and public organizations.

“We are delighted to welcome Brent Davison to the King community,” said Alexander Whitaker, president. “He brings a successful track record in university philanthropy, along with experience and skills that are well suited to support our academic, capital, and alumni engagement initiatives. He will be a valuable member of our leadership team as we advance King’s mission of preparing students to excel as thoughtful, resourceful, and responsible citizens with a passion for serving God, the Church, and the world.”

Davison most recently served as Chief Foundation Officer of the American Quarter Horse Foundation in Amarillo, Texas. He also served as Vice President for Advancement at the University of North Texas, where he directed the execution of a $203 million comprehensive capital campaign, secured more than $120 million in planned gifts, and led the highest level of annual gift production in the school’s history.

In addition, he served as Vice President for Development at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where he led a $60 million comprehensive campaign, produced an 88 percent increase in the President’s Leadership Circle, and secured more than 500 multi-year giving commitments during his five-year tenure. Davison has also managed development operations for the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and the World Golf Foundation.

“There is a rich history of philanthropy and servant leadership at King, and I am honored to join the University community,” said Davison. “I am excited to work with President Whitaker as we engage alumni, donors and community leaders in moving King University toward our vision of becoming the preeminent small to medium-sized Christian university in the Upper South.”

Davison graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1984 from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, where he was named outstanding graduate in the School of Business.


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