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. Jennings led the university’s recently completed fund-raising campaign resulting in gift commitments of $1,158,000,00.
Previously, Jennings served as assistant vice president for development at the University of Virginia, overseeing several college and unit fundraising teams. 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 leader in advancement professional organizations and has made numerous presentations at conferences, including the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), The Association of Governing Boards, and The Florida Advancement Leadership Summit.
A native of Delaware, Jennings earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in psychology from James Madison University and his Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Virginia.