Richard ‘Mac’ Griffith appointed vice president and chief development officer of UT Health Science Center at Tyler

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Richard “Mac” Griffith, who helped raise more than $50 million to construct a new building for the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, has been named vice president and chief development officer for institutional advancement at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

Besides coordinating the capital campaign for the new museum facility, Griffith oversaw all fundraising efforts, including planned giving, special events, grants and sponsorships, annual giving, and membership.

He was the museum’s chief development officer from 2002 until joining UTHSCT in July.

“I’m very excited to have someone join our management team with such a depth of experience in business, government, and institutional advancement. We all look forward to Mac getting to know and working with people in communities throughout East Texas,” UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun said.

Griffith also served as president of the CHRISTUS Schumpert Health System Foundation in Shreveport and as assistant administrator of the health system from 1990 to 2002.

In 1992, he established the foundation to develop and raise funds for the large medical center, raising more than $8 million during his tenure.

“I am honored to be part of an institution with such a rich history and a bright and exciting future. The UT Health Science Center has some incredible signature programs that are unavailable elsewhere and that provide vital services to the East Texas community. Dr. Calhoun has a unique and compelling vision for the UT Health Science Center, and I look forward to working with him as he takes the institution to the next level,” Griffith said.

From 1981 until 1990, he held several positions with Commercial National Bank in Shreveport, a fully owned subsidiary of Deposit Guaranty National Bank Corp., including vice president of the professional and executive division, vice president and director of marketing, and assistant vice president of business development.

Other positions Griffith has held include director of information services, grants, and contracts at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport, and director of alumni, assistant director of development, and instructor of physics at Centenary College in Shreveport.

He was named the 1997 Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year by the National Society of Fundraising Professionals.

In 1994, the foundation he headed was named Outstanding Fundraising Organization by the society.

Griffith has completed courses at the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., and at the Graduate School of Bank Marketing from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colo.

He has a bachelor’s of science from Centenary College, and received a fellowship in nuclear physics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, as well as an administrative fellowship in the Public Health Service of the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

As part of that fellowship, he served as liaison between the National Institutes of Health, the Executive Branch of the federal government, and the Senate Budget Committee.

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