Release Date: June 1, 2009
Penry to Head Angelo State Development Office
Dr. Jason C. Penry, an advancement professional with experience at Texas A&M and Oklahoma State University, will become Angelo State University’s executive director of development, effective July 6.
As ASU’s chief fundraising officer, Penry will oversee the university’s advancement program, including the annual fund, donor cultivation, major gifts, capital campaign implementation and foundation support. He will also coordinate development activities in line with the broader fundraising goals of the Texas Tech University System, ASU’s governing body. Penry will report to ASU President Joseph C. Rallo.
In announcing the appointment, Rallo said, “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Penry to the Angelo State team. We believe his fundraising experience in higher education plus his enthusiasm for both Angelo State University and West Texas will serve ASU well in the coming years as we work to increase our enrollment and to expand our support from alumni, supporters and the private sector.”
Penry said, “I am looking forward to the opportunity of serving Angelo State, telling the university’s story and visiting with ASU alumni and supporters wherever they may be. Together we can take full advantage of the many possibilities to make Angelo State grow and prosper.”
The new executive director of development will succeed Rhonda T. McClung, who has headed ASU’s Office of Development since 2003. McClung is moving to Tennessee where her husband has accepted a new job.
Penry has worked the last two and a half years as executive director of the Oklahoma State University POSSE, the fundraising arm of athletics. In that capacity he has managed an 11-member staff and a $3.95 million budget. During his tenure, the organization raised $26 million in annual fund revenues and increased membership 61 percent over a two-year period.
Prior to serving Oklahoma State, he worked three years with the 12th Man Foundation at Texas A&M University. Most of his time with the foundation was as development officer for major gifts. In that capacity he assisted in the successful completion of a $50 million capital campaign for A&M athletics.
During his time at A&M, he also worked as a sport management program associate, teaching a graduate-level sport management course in development and serving as associate director for the Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics.
A native Texan, Penry holds his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Texas A&M. He earned a master of science in sport management from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Penry received his bachelor of arts in secondary education from LSU-Shreveport, where he was a member of the intercollegiate baseball team and student body president for the 2000-01 academic year.
He is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the National Association of Athletic Directors of Development.