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April 4, 2012 Volume 33, No. 26

Vice chancellor for development chosen


Hiles will lead third major fundraising initiative

Thomas Hiles begins as vice chancellor for development and alumni relations in July.

With 27 years of higher education experience, Hiles will lead MU’s third major funding initiative.

Since 2010, Hiles has been vice president for institutional advancement and president of the foundation at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. 

Prior to that, he was vice president for institutional advancement at Western Kentucky University (WKU) and executive director of the WKU Foundation. 

He replaces David Housh, who retired in August 2011 after more than 10 years in the position, during which he led the For All We Call Mizzou” campaign that raised a record-setting $1 billion for the university. Chancellor Emeritus Richard Wallace has held the position on an interim basis since March 1.

Hiles said he’s excited to join “a university with a rich tradition of support from its alumni and friends. I look 

forward to working with Chancellor Deaton, the development and alumni team and the university community to build on the previous successful campaign.”

Hiles “brings decades of experience to an already fully developed fundraising program, which has operated under stable, well-respected leadership for the past decade,” Deaton said. “We look forward to building on the momentum of our last $1 billion campaign, and I believe Tom is the leader who can take us to the next level.”

MU has about 250,000 living alumni around the world, and the Mizzou Alumni Association has more than 100 chapters. 

Development and Alumni Relations has 165 employees and a budget of $14.5 million.