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College of Engineering Invigorates Focus on Philanthropy

July 28, 2005

University of Texas at Arlington Dean of Engineering Bill Carroll and Vice President for Development Gary Cole have announced the appointment of Ann Davidson to the new position of Director of Development for the College of Engineering. Davidson will develop and implement strategies for the solicitation and stewardship of leadership gifts, endowment funds and planned gifts benefiting the College.

“I'm excited about Ann Davidson’s joining the College of Engineering,” Dr. Carroll said. “She has had considerable experience in development and is well suited to serve as the lead person for our philanthropy and development program.” The College plans to dramatically enhance its efforts to engage alumni, corporations, foundations and community friends into the life of the College. Davidson will play a key role in securing philanthropic support for the College of Engineering’s priorities.

Ms. Davidson began her financial career after receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management from McMurry University in Abilene in 1986. Following graduation, she joined the First National Bank in Abilene, where she held the positions of financial consultant, vice president and investment officer. In 1994, she became the Associate Director for Planned Giving at Rice University in Houston, advancing there to become Director of Planned Giving, Executive Director of Development and eventually Assistant Vice President for Development. At Rice University, Ms. Davidson was a key member of the senior management team responsible for conducting a successful, $500 million capital campaign.

In 2004, she moved to Glen Rose to become the Development Director for the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, an 1,800-acre conservation, research and education facility where visitors can view a large variety of exotic wildlife from their cars. There, she developed and implemented a strategic fundraising plan involving corporate, foundation and individual donors.

Ms. Davidson will work as a collaborative member of the University’s Development staff seeking to advance the mission of the University of Texas at Arlington through strengthened relationships with all of its constituents.