Wolz Named Director of Alumni Relations

by News Bureau on Monday, Apr. 02, 2012

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 2, 2012 – Jay Wolz of Cape Girardeau, who has a 25-year career in marketing and communications along with eight years experience in newspaper and television media, has been named director of alumni relations and annual giving at Southeast Missouri State University.

Wolz, who was selected as part of a national search, begins his new duties in University Advancement at Southeast April 9. He replaces Shad Burner who resigned to launch a career in real estate.

As director of alumni relations and annual giving, he will be responsible for the overall administration and evaluation of the alumni program, including strategic planning, program development, volunteer management, communication and relationship development. He will identify and cultivate relationships with key alumni; coordinate on- and off-campus events for alumni and friends of the University; serve as the main campus liaison between the Alumni Association Board and the University community; coordinate annual Homecoming activities and events; manage the alumni and student mentorship program; provide leadership to the Student Alumni Association; implement annual fund-raising strategies including direct mail, telemarketing and online appeals; and manage the annual fund coordinator and student call center.

“We are very happy to have Jay join our organization. We feel that Jay’s background and experience will bring the leadership and continuity to help the Alumni Association grow into the future,” said Bill Holland, vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. “Jay has been actively involved with the University in recent years and has a firm grasp of the traditions and values of Southeast Missouri State University. This understanding of the Alumni Association will bode well as we continue to grow in the future.”

Wolz has experience in healthcare marketing, internal and external communications, call center supervision, website development, employee relations, customer service training, publication production, community and media relations, product line branding, consumer research, special events, marketing tactic development and strategic planning. He has been employed as supervisor of market management with SoutheastHealth; a healthcare marketing consultant; clinic administrator for PRN Urgent Care; administrative director of Physicians Regional Network, LLC; and assistant director of marketing with Saint Francis Medical Center, all in Cape Girardeau.

He also has media experience as a business writer, weekend editor, reporter and photographer for the Southeast Missourian; and reporter, videographer and bureau chief with KFVS12, all in Cape Girardeau.

Wolz is a 1977 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, where he studied marketing and communications and served as co-news director of KRCU Radio and editor-in-chief of “The Capaha Arrow,” now known as “The Arrow.” He has served as a Homecoming “decade chairman,” assisted with several annual telephone fund drives and served on the University’s Alumni Merit selection committee.

In addition to being a Southeast alumnus, Wolz’s maternal grandparents, mother, wife and oldest daughter are all Southeast graduates, and his youngest daughter is currently a sophomore majoring in musical theater at Southeast.

“It’s a privilege for me to serve the University and all of its alumni across the country and around the world. Southeast has had a huge impact on my life and the lives of my family members. My wife and I met as undergraduates here, and our daughters represent the fourth generation of our family to attend the University. I look forward to working with the University’s faculty and staff, our Alumni Association, the Association’s Board of Directors, the Student Alumni Association, and our alumni chapters to strengthen the lifelong relationship between Southeast and its alumni.”

In addition to his degree from Southeast, Wolz holds a Master of Business Administration, having completed the Executive MBA Program through the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.

He is a 20-year member of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce and has been actively involved in the United Way of Southeast Missouri, where he currently serves on their board of directors and the board’s Executive Committee. He attends LaCroix Church and formerly attended Grace United Methodist Church, where he was chairman of the church’s Finance Committee, secretary and director of the Grace United Methodist Church Foundation, chairman of their capital campaign and communications chair of a fund drive for church debt reduction. He is a member of the board, past president and current treasurer of the Tri-State Advertising & Marketing Professionals.