HATTIESBURG, Miss. – University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders announced today that Dr. David Wolf of Tuscaloosa, Ala., has been selected as the university’s vice president for advancement.
Wolf, currently assistant vice president for development at the University of Alabama, will begin his duties at Southern Miss on Feb. 1 and will oversee Foundation activities and fund development. The selection ends a three-month national search for the cabinet-level position.
"David Wolf brings a wealth of experience to this position. He has served in a myriad of roles in university advancement and comes to us with high praise from people with whom he has worked. He is a man with high energy and a vision. I look forward to having him on my team," said Saunders.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to join President Saunders and The University of Southern Mississippi. I look forward to working with the alumni, friends, faculty and staff of the university in building an exceptional advancement team. My family and I are excited to be a part of the Southern Miss family and the Hattiesburg community,” said Wolf.
Wolf earned his doctorate from the University of North Texas and holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington. He also is a 2006 graduate of Harvard University’s Management Development Program in the Graduate School of Education Institute for Higher Education.
He has served in a variety of university positions including director of university leadership gifts and director of athletic development at Alabama; vice president for development at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., and director of university development at UT-Arlington.
He and his wife, Ashli, have two children, Joseph, 7, and Ava Shaye, 2.
Emile Dieth, who has served as interim foundation director since August, will resume his former position as director of development for the Southern Miss College of Business in February.
About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.