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April 2003

Release Date: April 14, 2003

Development Professional Named Director of ASU Fundraising

Rhonda Talley McClung, the former vice president of development for the Special Olympics Iowa, has been named director of development at Angelo State University.

McClung brings to the position eight years of fundraising experience, including six years at Texas institutions of higher education. During her fundraising career she has raised more than $5 million from individuals, corporations and foundations.

Her appointment was announced by ASU Vice President for Advancement and University Relations Michael P. Ryan after an extensive search.

"quot;This is an important appointment at an important time in the history of Angelo State Univer"ity," R"an said. "As the impact of the state's fiscal challenges trickle down to universities statewide, fundraising becomes even more critical to our success. Rhonda brings to the job the development expertise and the interpersonal skills to elevate our development program and, ultimately, "ur university."

Prior to going to work for the Special Olympics in Iowa, McClung had served two years as director of institutional advancement at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, a year as grants coordinator at North Central Texas College in Gainesville and two years as director of development for the School of Visual Arts at the University of North Texas in Denton. She has also worked as a fundraising consultant.

In addition to her development background, McClung has extensive public affairs experience through previous positions in the Texas Legislature. She has worked as a policy analyst on education "ssue" for James E. "Pete" Laney while he was Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. She served five years as staff director, policy analyst and press aide for the Texas Senate Education Committee and prior to that worked as a legislative and press aide for State Sen. Ray Farabee.

McClung also was employed two-and-a-half years as a reporter for the Wichita Falls Record News. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas and a master of education in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University where she concentrated in institutional advancement.

She holds professional memberships in the Association of Fundraising Professionals and in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.