Former UTHCT director of Development returns to Health Center as interim director of Institutional Advancement

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

John A. Anderson, a former director of Development at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, has rejoined UTHSCT as interim director of Institutional Advancement. The Office of Institutional Advancement is the successor to the Office of Development.

“During his previous time at UTHSCT, John served us well in his role as director of Development. With his experience in fund-raising, I know he will again be a tremendous asset to the Health Center. I look forward to working with him,” said UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun.

Anderson said, “It’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Health Center family once again. It’s been a real joy to see a number of old friends and become reacquainted with the medical and research faculty and staff.

“The Health Center has such tremendous potential. It deserves recognition for the great work it’s doing in patient care, education, and research. I’m confident the Health Center will reach its potential under Dr. Calhoun’s leadership,” he said.

Anderson retired from UTHSCT in August 1998, after 11 years as director of Development. From November 2000 through May 2004, he was the director of planned giving at All Saints Episcopal School. He has also served as executive director of constituency development at the University of Houston and has been a fund-raising consultant for nonprofit organizations in the Tyler area.

“There are two factors in my decision to return to the Health Center. I have a lot of personal respect for Dr. Calhoun’s vision of the future of the Health Center. Secondly, I gave 11 years of my life to the fund-raising program, and I feel that I know and understand what it takes to garner support for the Health Center,” Anderson said. During his previous tenure at UTHSCT, annual giving more than tripled and “The Vision Campaign,” a $5 million endowment drive, was completed.

“We’re going to enhance the annual giving program to increase our donor base. That means expanding membership in the President’s Council and the Research Council, increasing funds raised by the annual Celebration, and boosting the number and amount of year-end gifts. That’s the short-term challenge,” Anderson said.

“The long-term challenge is to increase the major gifts program to fund additional endowments for biomedical research, medical residency programs, and patient care. We are seeking to endow more chairs and professorships, as well as programs such as the Center for Healthy Aging that benefit not only our patients but seniors throughout East Texas,” he said.

In addition, Anderson said he will aid in the eventual recruitment of a permanent director of Institutional Advancement.

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