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Foundation Names Jeffery L. McLain Senior Director of Gift Planning

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Jeffery L. McLain, CFRE, has joined the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation to serve as its Senior Director of Gift Planning. 

McLain most recently served as Vice President for Development at Kent State University in Ohio. During his time at Kent State, he was responsible for the fundraising, alumni relations and Kent State Foundation functions, including the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center. He steered the early stages of a campaign feasibility and readiness assessment. 

Prior to that, he was at the LSU Foundation in Baton Rouge as Senior Vice President of Development. While with the LSU Foundation, gifts and pledges nearly quadrupled.  LSU successfully completed “Forever LSU,” a $750 million campaign for LSU institutions located on the Baton Rouge campus; the campaign closed with $798 million. While at LSU he earned a master’s degree in mass communication. 

McLain came to LSU from Texas Tech, where he was Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement in the Texas Tech University System. He joined their capital campaign, The Horizon Campaign, in progress. The campaign ended in 2001 with a total of $511 million, surpassing the goal of $500 million.           

He has been involved with CASE, The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. McLain served three years as CASE District IV scholarship chair and was the chair of the CASE District IV INVINCIBLE conference in Fort Worth in March 2013.  He served a three year term on the CASE International Board of Trustees. 

Active in his profession, McLain is a CFRE, a certified fundraising executive.  He has held offices in local chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, including service as president of the Baton Rouge AFP Chapter and the Lubbock, Texas Chapter. 

In 2011, he was honored as the Outstanding Professional Fundraiser for the Baton Rouge Area Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. 

McLain began his advancement and fundraising career with Baylor University weeks after he completed his bachelor’s degree in 1982. In December 1983, he joined the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.  During his 15 years in Austin, he expanded his fundraising expertise to include individual major gift work, corporate and foundation relations, annual funds, planned giving, prospect management, board and volunteer management, proposal writing and publications.


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