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Experienced fundraiser joins Webb staff

Sunday, August 26, 2012

BELL BUCKLE - Matt Wilson, a development officer from Vanderbilt University, has joined The Webb School as Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations.

"I'm excited to welcome Matt," said Claudia Hazelwood, Office of Alumni and Development director. "Matt's years of experience and strong training at Vanderbilt will be an asset for Webb." Wilson succeeds Sandi Jobe, who resigned to relocate.

Wilson, a native of Framingham, Mass., graduated high school from Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H. He received a B.S. from Vanderbilt University with a major in economics and a minor in music. He earned his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration also from Vanderbilt.

Working at Vanderbilt University, Wilson was in the alumni and development office for the past 12 years and served in a number of roles including both development and alumni relations. During the past seven years, he was a development officer soliciting major gifts. Most recently, he served as College of Arts and Science associate director for development.

Wilson said that he thinks it is important to reach out to alumni and parents so that they know they have many ways to participate -- whether it is as a volunteer, a donor, an attendee at events, or as an adviser helping others. "Also, I want them to know that it is their relationship with Webb that is most important to me -- I really see myself as a facilitator.

"I think I bring a bit of 'art' and 'science' to my work, and I enjoy both," said Wilson. "Whether it is working with people or doing analyses to evaluate and grow programs, I try to approach my work holistically. I think annual giving and alumni relations can be complementary activities, while still allowing each to have its own separate purpose and focus."

Wilson said that from an alumni and development perspective, he sees a lot of opportunities for engagement among alumni and parents. "I have already met many wonderful people who care deeply for Webb." He noted that the reunion program is an area that has the potential to grow and reach more people, as well as involve classmates who are already connected to Webb. "Also, increasing the face-to-face outreach being done by staff like myself is another way to involve more people personally." Wilson said he wants to honor the traditions that have made Webb great, and share the story of what is happening at Webb today.

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