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Drury University announces Amy Amason as Executive VP of Development & Comprehensive Campaign Director

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., November 12, 2018 — Drury University is pleased to announce Amy Amason as Executive Vice President for Development and Comprehensive Campaign Director, effective Nov. 26. 

In this role, Amason will report to Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd and work closely with Executive Vice President for Advancement Wayne Chipman. Amason will be responsible for the operation and management of all development and alumni relations programs and staff for the university. In addition, she will lead all planning and execution for Drury’s national comprehensive campaign. Wayne Chipman and Vice President for Stewardship Judy Thompson will continue to work on planned and principal gifts.

Drury’s comprehensive campaign will support the innovative new Your Drury Fusion curriculum launching in 2019, the campus master plan, and new initiatives in evening and online education for nontraditional students.

“Amy has a long and successful track record running comprehensive fundraising campaigns both inside and outside of higher education settings,” Cloyd says. “She knows how to engage alumni and donors and mobilize volunteers in truly meaningful ways. We’re excited to bring her to Drury as we continue to build on the incredible momentum of the last two years.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining Drury at this time,” Amason says. “The university’s leadership, faculty, staff and alumni are all truly dynamic, and have done incredible work recently to build momentum and define the road ahead. I’m looking forward to becoming a part of the Drury Family.”

Amason comes to Drury from Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, where she has been the Vice President for Institutional Advancement since 2013. At Piedmont, she was responsible for building a comprehensive fundraising and communication program, as well as community relations. During her tenure she instituted a series of new alumni events throughout the state of Georgia, increased Piedmont’s total giving and the number of donors, and worked closely with leadership and academic departments on several capital projects. Amason also implemented or improved a number of communications processes, including efforts related to branding, social media, publications, public relations, and historical church connections.

Prior to that, Amason was a vice president in fundraising and development roles for the Phoenix Symphony, Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation, Arizona State University, and at her alma mater, Washburn University in Topeka Kansas. She has also been an independent fundraising consultant, providing strategic counsel for non-profit organizations across the country.

Amason is married to her husband, Craig, an archivist. Their two grown sons reside in Georgia.

“We are truly pleased to have someone of Amy’s caliber joining our team at this time of renewal and progress at our institution,” Chipman says. “I’m certain the Drury alumni family will welcome her and quickly come to appreciate her talents for building community and connecting with people who care deeply for this university.”

Amason’s education includes:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, major in finance – Washburn University
  • Masters in Education, emphasis in educational leadership – Northern Arizona University

 Amason will lead a fundraising team that has significantly increased giving and engagement during the last two years. Last fiscal year the university more than doubled its gifts and commitments to $20,898,015, compared to $9,416,023 to the prior year. The gifts were from an array of donors – alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends from 48 states. Alumni donors represented every single class year for the past 70 years, including current students in the classes of 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. 

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