KNOXVILLE — Henry Nemcik, assistant vice president for development for Texas A&M’s Foundation, has been named vice president for development and alumni affairs for the University of Tennessee. His appointment is subject to Board of Trustees approval.
A seasoned fundraiser and administrator, Nemcik brings more than 23 years of development experience to his new role. He will begin serving in the statewide position on Sept. 12, 2005.
Nemcik, 57, will fill the position now held by Jack Williams, who has been with UT 35 years. Williams announced his intentions more than a year ago to transition to the position of senior advisor to the president for philanthropy, focusing on major gifts.
“Henry Nemcik is an excellent addition to the University of Tennessee,” said UT President Dr. John Petersen. “Having come from a state land grant university with a similar development structure, he is uniquely positioned to lead a strong emphasis and direction for our development and alumni relations efforts.”
Nemcik has worked in development for Texas A&M for 20 years, most recently planning and directing a successful $1 billion capital campaign. Texas A&M ranks 16th in the nation for private support to public universities, according to the Council for Aid to Education (2004).
“It is an honor to be invited to join Dr. Petersen’s team and become a member of the University of Tennessee family,” Nemcik said. “The University of Tennessee is a jewel among land grant institutions. There is a strong history of alumni commitment. That bodes well for the future of the university, considering the national trend of decreasing state support.”
Among his leadership responsibilities, Nemcik advised all colleges and 22 other fundraising units, including several large foundations and state agencies. He solicited major gifts and developed the first comprehensive reporting and database unification project.
Nemcik also managed foundation portfolios and several development operations, including information services and research. Working in a decentralized operation, he helped improve coordination of donor relations, research, prospecting and proposal delivery among the many academic and institutional units.
Prior to joining Texas A&M, Nemcik served as executive director of development and planned giving for the Archbishop of Omaha in Omaha, Neb., and as a project manager for the University of Miami where he initiated the university’s in-kind gift program. Nemcik also brings a wide range of business experience, having served in management roles with the U.S. Olympics in 1980 and for the Marriott Corp. and Walt Disney Company.
He has bachelor’s degrees from Western Kentucky University and the University of Central Florida, and a master-s in public administration from the University of Nebraska.
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