Louisiana Tech University Advancement realigns, increases focus on philanthropy and engagement

Oct 21, 2022 | Alumni, General News, Giving, Tech Family

Today, Louisiana Tech University’s Division of University Advancement announced its realignment of leadership resources focused on philanthropy and engagement with Tech alumni.

“With this realignment, we are strengthening our commitment to embracing the reality that engagement is evolving yet continues to be the leading indicator of philanthropic support for the University,” said Brooks Hull, Vice President for University Advancement and CEO for the University Foundation. “This restructuring shows our confidence in cultivating relationships with our Tech Family members and showing the impact of their loyalty.”

Devin FergusonDevin Ferguson, who is Executive Director of Development for the College of Engineering and Science, will now serve as Assistant Vice President for Philanthropy and Engagement. He will lead a team focused on strengthening relationships, engaging alumni, and managing portfolios by using the most advanced channels for communication and technology designed to engage more of Tech’s graduates.

Ferguson will also lead the unit in establishing metrics to determine the success of initiatives in accordance with the University’s strategic goals.

“It has been a privilege to be a part of the Louisiana Tech University family in an area of work that I am passionate about,” Ferguson said. “I am especially grateful for the confidence and mentorship Brooks Hull has shown by trusting me with this new career challenge. 

“I believe higher education can have an enormously positive influence on an individual’s life, just as it did my own, with effects that continue to be felt long after a degree is conferred. I am excited for the opportunity to work alongside our team in new ways to create connections with the life and future of our University where relationships are forged and transformative education and research happen daily.”

Ferguson earned his Master of Nonprofit Administration from North Park University in Chicago and has nearly 15 years of experience in higher education. He began his career in philanthropy at his alma mater, serving as Director of Alumni Relations for more than 9 years, before joining Louisiana Tech in 2018. In addition to his development leadership in the College of Engineering and Science, he has also been responsible for strategic partnerships for University Advancement.

He was recognized as one of EverTrue’s 40 Under 40 in 2020 and has presented at several conferences including the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) – District IV, the Southeastern Annual Giving Conference, and Engineering Development Forum, where he also currently serves as a member of the board. Ferguson has also previously consulted for nonprofit organizations in the areas of startup, communication, and fundraising.

Ferguson’s wife Megan is a 2012 graduate of Louisiana Tech. Together they have one daughter, two-and-a-half-year-old Adley Elizabeth.