UMSL names Texas Tech executive to lead Division of University Advancement

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Paul Herring

Paul Herring will assume the position of vice chancellor for advancement on Nov. 5. Herring was selected after serving as the vice president for university advancement at Texas Tech University. (Photo courtesy of Texas Tech University)

Paul Herring has been selected as the new vice chancellor for advancement at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, Chancellor Tom George announced today. Herring assumes his new duties Nov. 5.

Currently serving as vice president for university advancement at Texas Tech University, Herring oversees fundraising that raised nearly $90 million in gifts and pledges in fiscal year 2018. Herring has more than 12 years of experience in higher education fundraising at Texas Tech, St. Mary’s University and University of Southern Mississippi.

“Paul is an outstanding fundraising professional who connected well with faculty, staff and alumni during the interview process,” George said. “He quickly emerged as the top candidate – with a clear understanding of and appreciation for our mission and vision within the St. Louis community. We’re certainly excited that he chose UMSL.”

Reporting to the chancellor, Herring will have broad authority and responsibility for oversight of all aspects of the Division of University Advancement, including the four main units of development/fundraising, alumni engagement, marketing and communications and St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU. He will oversee strategic planning and resource allocation for the four respective units, manage the Chancellor’s Council, and serve as UMSL’s chief fundraising officer.

“St. Louis is a classic American city with a strong sense of history, world-class cultural and entertainment institutions and great potential for further economic growth,” Herring said. “No university is in a position better than the University of Missouri–St. Louis to help preserve that past and promote the future. This is just an outstanding opportunity for me and my family to become part of a vibrant community and an institution that educates and graduates thousands of regional residents.”

Herring, a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, who holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations/advertising from the University of Alabama, said adding St. Louis Public Radio and marketing and communications to his management portfolio was a contributing factor to joining UMSL.

“I look forward to working with these award-winning operations to enhance the UMSL brand and outreach to potential students and donors,” Herring said. “UMSL consists of endless St. Louis success stories that I want to help tell.”

“During this past year, Paul Herring, as Vice President for University Advancement, provided critical leadership in the organization of development operations as those functions transitioned from the Texas Tech System to Texas Tech University,” Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said. “Paul has a dedicated and accomplished record of service to the university and his personal commitment to our donors will be missed. I will miss working with him, but congratulate him on his new position and wish him and his family the very best.”

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