Tom Jennings became vice president for university advancement at Florida State University and president of the FSU Foundation in September 2010. In this role, Jennings leads the University’s fund-raising, alumni relations, advancement services, and real estate activities, overseeing the FSU Alumni Association, FSU Foundation, FSU Real Estate Foundation, and the Seminole Boosters. The FSU Foundation and Seminole Boosters also hold and manage over $500M in endowment assets. Florida State is engaged in the public phase of a $1 billion comprehensive fund-raising campaign, which Jennings oversees.
Prior to coming to FSU, Jennings served as assistant vice president for development at the University of Virginia. During more than eight years with UVA, Jennings served previously as associate dean for development in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. At Arts & Sciences, Jennings led the strategic planning and implementation of a $500 million comprehensive campaign. Before that, he worked in fund-raising roles for ten years at Washington & Lee University (Lexington, VA), serving ultimately as director of university development.
Jennings is a respected leader within the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), delivering numerous presentations at CASE conferences and serving as co-chair for the CASE District III annual conference in 2012.
A native of Delaware, Jennings earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in psychology from James Madison University (VA) and his Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Virginia.