Duncan, Wilson Named Development Officers at Southeast


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Angie Wilson of Kelso, Mo., has been named a development officer in the University Advancement office at Southeast Missouri State University.


Aug. 7, 2008 – Dr. Sam Duncan of Jackson, Mo., former district-level administrator and director of state and federal programs with the Jackson R-2 School District, and Angie Wilson of Kelso, Mo., community relations manager with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), have been named development officers in the University Advancement office at Southeast Missouri State University.

Duncan began his duties Aug. 4. Wilson will begin her new position Aug. 11.

“I enjoy the type of work that is associated with University Advancement, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve Southeast in this capacity,” Duncan said.

As development officers, Duncan and Wilson will be responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting donors, and planning events in cooperation with the College of Liberal Arts, including the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts; the College of Education; the School of Polytechnic Studies; the College of Health and Human Services; and Southeast’s regional campuses in Kennett, Malden, Sikeston and Perryville, Mo. Duncan and Wilson also will work to cultivate, solicit and steward major donor prospects; and enhance the relationship between alumni, friends and colleges.

Duncan has more than 20 years experience in public education and has worked with kindergarteners through graduate students, including having taught graduate level research courses for the past six years at Southeast. The last four years, he was instrumental in establishing the Jackson School Foundation and Alumni Panel/Association. He has been a comprehensive school reform and technology grant reader with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. He spent 12 years with the Jackson Public schools, including four years as assistant middle school principal. Prior to his work in Jackson, Duncan spent eight years in the New Madrid County R-1 School District.

He holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy analysis, a specialist degree in educational administration, a master’s degree in secondary school administration and a bachelor of science in secondary education degree with a major in English and a minor in French, all from Southeast Missouri State University.

Duncan has been active in the community, having served as a United Way of Southeast Missouri Public Service Division chair and a member of the Southeast Public Radio KRCU Executive Board, Jackson Rotary Club Executive Board and the Southeast Council on Philanthropy. He also has coached with the Jackson United Soccer Club and Jackson Youth Baseball.

“Both Sam and Angie bring a wealth of public service experience to the University, having worked in the public sector – Sam in education and Angie with the Missouri Department of Transportation and the state of Missouri,” said Wayne Smith, vice president for University Advancement and executive vice president of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. “We look forward to them becoming an integral part of the University Advancement team.”

As community relations manager with the Missouri Department of Transportation, Wilson led the communication strategies associated with the opening of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge and the demolition of the former Mississippi River Bridge in Cape Girardeau. She has spearheaded educational and community relations programs, including ribbon cuttings, roadway dedications and groundbreaking ceremonies and has led programs on impaired driving, seat belts and roadway safety for area schools and organizations. Wilson served as a member of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety public information team. She has been a member of MoDOT’s statewide customer service continuous improvement team and has served as the department’s Southeast District spokesperson.

“I am truly excited about this new opportunity at Southeast, and look forward to putting my 18 years of marketing and public relations experience to work among the tremendous talent already assembled within the University Advancement team,” Wilson said. “I hope to build upon the many relationships I have developed throughout southeast Missouri over the years to compliment and enhance the goals of Southeast’s new strategic plan.”

Prior to her work with MoDOT, Wilson served as senior marketing director/community reinvestment officer with The Bank of Missouri in Perryville, Mo.

Wilson holds a bachelor of science degree in mass communication with an emphasis in public relations and minor in marketing from Southeast Missouri State University. She has been active in the Public Relations Society of America, the Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals, the Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association, Leadership Cape Girardeau, the National Association of Government Communicators, Southeast and Missouri Coalitions for Roadway Safety, Keep Southeast Missouri Beautiful, St. Augustine Home and School Association and St. Augustine’s Catholic Church.

 Dr. Sam Duncan of Jackson, Mo., has been named a development officer in the University Advancement office at Southeast Missouri State University.