March 27, 2023

Mark Energy, UA’s high fundraising official, stepping down

Mark Energy, the College of Arkansas’ high fundraiser since 2017, is resigning as vice chancellor for college development, efficient April 16.

In keeping with an inside memo obtained by the Northwest Arkansas Enterprise Journal, Energy mentioned he would stay in Fayetteville and transition to a senior advisor function working in philanthropic initiatives for the UA.

Energy despatched the e-mail to development division workers Monday (March 13), describing the information as bittersweet.

“Once I shared my intention [to step down] with [Chancellor] Dr. [Charles] Robinson early final month, he requested I stay on the College of Arkansas and requested how I may use my abilities to greatest serve the establishment,” Energy wrote.

Energy’s e mail didn’t point out who his successor could be. He mentioned Robinson would announce extra detailed management transition plans in a while Monday.

“This shall be seamless for our division as we proceed our mission of philanthropy and engagement on the College of Arkansas,” he wrote.

Energy, who has labored in varied fundraising roles on the UA for greater than twenty years, was not instantly accessible for remark.

Energy held the vice chancellor’s job since 2017 after serving as an interim chief since August 2016. In saying that promotion, Joe Steinmetz, previously the UA chancellor, mentioned Energy was an efficient chief, supervisor and fundraiser.

“He has efficiently cultivated tons of of pals and volunteers, raised thousands and thousands of {dollars} in non-public reward assist, and developed a extremely functioning workers throughout his time with the college,” Steinmetz mentioned.

Energy’s vice chancellor obligations included oversight of 4 divisions:

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The division’s 4 items:

  • College Improvement, which raises funds to advance the college’s mission
  • College Relations, which gives public relations, communications and advertising assist
  • Arkansas Alumni Affiliation, which helps the 26,000-member affiliation
  • Donor Engagement, which helps occasions and donor interactions that advance the college’s mission

He led university-wide fundraising actions, together with the UA’s Marketing campaign Arkansas, an eight-year fundraising marketing campaign that concluded in 2020 with $1.4 billion raised.

Energy joined the College of Arkansas in 2001 because the director of growth within the Dale Bumpers School of Agricultural, Meals and Life Sciences. He helped the Bumpers School and the Division of Agriculture increase greater than $98 million in the course of the Marketing campaign for the Twenty-First Century.

The UA promoted him to government director of growth in 2007, and in 2009, he grew to become the manager director for growth and principal presents. Energy was named assistant vice chancellor for growth in 2011.

Energy labored on the American Most cancers Society Inc. in Little Rock from 1998 to 2001 the place he was the event director his remaining 12 months. He was the assistant director of admissions at Lyon School (Batesville) from 1994 to 1998.

Energy is a 1994 graduate of the College of Texas at Arlington with a historical past diploma. In 2011, Energy was acknowledged by the Affiliation of Fundraising Professionals Northwest Arkansas Chapter as the world’s most excellent fundraising government.