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Joshua Waggoner

OXFORD, Miss. – Joshua Waggoner recently joined the University of Mississippi as Director of Development for the School of Engineering. In this role, Waggoner will seek private financial support for the school, which last year launched a capital campaign to increase enrollment and faculty, and create a new Engineering Complex on the Oxford Campus.

“The progress being made within the School of Engineering is amazing, and I’m looking forward to talking with alumni about that progress and working with them to ensure our students and faculty have the resources necessary to succeed,” Waggoner said.

Waggoner comes to UM with eight years of development experience, having successfully garnered major gifts for Tulane University’s medical school, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Savannah College of Art and Design and a private educational foundation in Indianapolis, IN. Waggoner has also worked in the corporate world, with Sanofi Aventis Pharmaceuticals and AFLAC.

“A great deal of opportunity exists for our alumni and friends to assist us as we complete construction on a world-class engineering facility and open the new Centering for Manufacturing Excellence, and we’re happy to have someone of  Joshua’s background engaged in these efforts,” said Alex Cheng, dean of the School of Engineering.

Debbie Vaughn, UM’s assistant vice chancellor for development agreed: “We are thrilled to count Joshua as part of our development team, and we know he will excel.”

A native of Salem, IL, Waggoner earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing from Murray State University in 1997 and an MBA from the University of New Orleans in 2005.