Pickman names VP of university advancement
By Andy Garrison
September 7, 2013
(Possible for a bulleted list: He is an alumni, he has held Director of Development, he was Associate VP before VP, his children attended MWSU, he is also the Executive Director of the University Foundation.)
Missouri Western has a new Vice President for University Advancement, Jerry Pickman.
Although he is new to the position, he has been at Western for quite some time now. University President, Robert Vartabedian explains.
“He was employed here and then he also graduated from here in the mid 80’s,” he said. “So he has a double history with the university. He’s been here for a long time. I guess most of his kids have graduated from our university as well; so he’s got some pretty deep Missouri Western roots.”
His new position is mostly an extension of his previous one as Director of Development. His department is in charge of fund-raising as well as many other responsibilities. Pickman explains.
“What this position does now is it gives me an opportunity to work in what I kind of refer to as integrated advancement,” he said. “What really makes the advancement program strong, in my eyes, is the way that development, alumni relations, public relations, marketing and printing how they all work together to meet goals. That is really a key thing.”
Tara Adwell, Foundation Accounting Director, thinks that Pickman is the man for the job.
“I absolutely think that he is going to excel at his new position,” she said. “Jerry is a fabulous leader, hardworking, very passionate about his work. So I have no doubt that good things are to come.”
Dr. Vartabedian is also confident in Pickman’s abilities.
“In my working with him, and I’ve worked with him going on six years now, I have been very impressed with his knowledge in all of the areas of what we call university advancement,” he said.
Along with the responsibilities of the position there is also an added level of pressure from being an alumnus of MWSU. Pickman explains.
“For me, along with that passion and that opportunity comes a huge responsibility,” he said. “That responsibility is saying, wow, if you are going to be involved in helping to shape the future, the future of this institution and help move it forward, than yeah you want to make sure that you do a good job. You don’t want to be the alumnus that doesn’t get it done.”
In addition to his new position, Pickman also holds a secondary position.
“The other big change for my position now is that I have a dual role,” Pickman said. “I am also the Executive Director of the University Foundation. Basically the foundation is where we would receive and invest and distribute any private gifts that are given to us in support of the university.”