July 3, 2012

Maynard Phillips
Maynard Phillips, V.P. for Development

RSU Announces Maynard Phillips as VP for Development

Rogers State University has announced Maynard Phillips has joined the university as its Vice President for Development overseeing all university fundraising initiatives, planned giving, endowment, scholarships and alumni programs.

Before joining the university on July 2, Phillips most recently served as a Senior Principal and Resident Campaign Manager for Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners, a Chicago-based firm that is a national leader in fundraising campaigns and financial resource development. He managed capital campaigns, specializing in the higher education and healthcare industry.

Phillips has experience in both public and private higher education, serving as Executive Director of the Eastern Oklahoma State College Development Foundation in Wilburton and as Executive Director of Development at Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas. During this time, he helped establish successful annual and planned giving programs, managed a $24 million capital campaign, expanded their base of private support and secured the largest gifts in Lubbock Christian's history.

Before entering the development field, Phillips had more than two decades of managing experience in the insurance and retail sectors.

"At a time when state support for higher education continues to decline, it's critical for public universities to reach out to the private sector in order to maintain high levels of service while keeping college costs affordable," said RSU President Dr. Larry Rice. "Maynard Phillips brings to RSU an exceptional background in both fundraising and management, which I believe will serve the university and its constituents well as we move forward. I am excited for RSU friends and supporters to have the opportunity to work with Maynard."

A native of Tushka in southeastern Oklahoma, Phillips and his wife Debra are relocating to the Claremore area.

"RSU is experiencing an exciting era right now with record enrollments during the past decade and new academic programs on the horizon," Phillips said. "There is a palpable sense of the dynamic growth at each of the three RSU campuses, and it's an honor for me to work with the university's alumni and friends to help advance this great university."