University Advancement New Hires . . .

The Division of University Advancement has added two new team members in the Office of Development. “With the addition of these seasoned fundraisers, we have expanded the University’s landscape for fundraising,” said Dr. Deborah C. Fontaine, vice president for university advancement.

Joshua Bowerman is the executive director of development. Most recently, he served as the senior director of development for Virginia Commonwealth University’s Honors College. Bowerman has nearly 20 years of fundraising experience. He was the founding development professional at VCU’s Honors College. Bowerman has both public and private organizational fundraising experience having held fundraising senior leadership positions at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Wake Forrest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; and Austin College, Sherman, Texas; among others. Additionally, he served as the director of special gifts for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and held the title of district director for the American Diabetes Association, Louisville, Kentucky. During the course of his career, Bowerman has cultivated, solicited and secured more than $30 million in outright and deferred gift commitments from alumni, parents and friends of the institutions he represented. He has an MBA from Bellarmine University, located in Louisville, Kentucky, and a bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.

Dr. LaTanya Afolayan is the senior director of planned and major giving. Most recently, she served as the associate vice president of university advancement at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She has more than 20 years of development experience with an emphasis on major and planned gifts. Prior to her time at Lamar University,  Afolayan served as the senior major gifts officer and director of development at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She was part of the major gifts leadership team during The Campaign for Appalachian at Appalachian State University where the team raised more than $200 million. Additionally, Afolayan served as the first director of major and planned gifts at Elizabeth City State University where she was promoted to associate vice chancellor and vice chancellor. Her previous work experience also includes serving as the vice chancellor of institutional advancement at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, where she was responsible for the annual fund, alumni relations, planned gifts, the NCCU Foundation and prospect research. She received her doctorate in education from East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina; a master’s degree from the University of Missouri, in Columbia, Missouri; and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana.

“Join me in welcoming Josh and LaTanya,” said Fontaine, “their combined experience, across diverse types of organizations and fundraising, will help position Norfolk State for more success in our fundraising efforts.”

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