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University Advancement

The mission of University Advancement is to build and maintain a donor base that will make a difference in the lives of students, faculty, and staff today and for the the future. This enables the university to fulfill its educational mission by augmenting current budgets and building on the university's endowments.

Ron Bailey
Ronald Bailey | Vice President for External Affairs
Retired Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey is a 1977 graduate of Austin Peay. While he was a student, he played football for the Governors and participated in the University ROTC program. Bailey spent 40 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, with his final assignment being the deputy commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations for the Marine Corps. During his career he oversaw the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, and he served as commanding general of the First Marine Division, as commanding general of the Third Marine Expeditionary Brigade and as deputy director for operations of the Joint Staff. He was also a Military National Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Following his retirement, he returned to Austin Peay in 2018 as the vice president for external affairs. He now oversees the University’s offices of advancement, communication and strategic initiatives.
Kris Phillips
Kris Phillips | Assistant Vice President for University Advancement
Kris returned to APSU, his alma mater (’91), in 2016 after a 16-year tenure at the University of Tennessee and the UT Health Science Center. In his role as Executive Director, he is responsible for all university engagement and fundraising activities. Kris and his wife, Tammy, have two sons - Brayden and Parker, the latter of which is a current APSU baseball student athlete.
Vonda St. Amant
Vonda St. Amant | Assistant Executive Director
Vonda is a 1983 graduate of APSU. After several years in non-profit fundraising, Vonda returned to her alma mater in 2010 and currently serves as Assistant Executive Director of University Advancement. Vonda oversees a dynamic development team and provides donor-focused leadership to help meet the strategic goals of the University.
Kimberly Adkison
Kimberly Adkison | Director of Donor Relations and Scholarships
Kimberly is a Clarksville native and APSU graduate in professional studies and management (BS ’06 and MS ’10). She serves as the Director of Donor Relations and Scholarships. Kimberly oversees stewardship management and scholarship compliance.
Jordan Harmon
Jordan Harmon | Director of Development - Athletics
Jordan attended APSU (BS ’17) and was a member of the GOVS baseball team. He embraces the opportunity to be in a position to give back to his alma mater while serving as Director of Development – Athletics. Let’s Go Peay!
Matt Bucy | Director of Annual Giving
Jerica Swiger
Jerica Swiger | Director of Development
Jerica Swiger has worked in the areas of arts, culture and development for several years with organizations such as Ohio Northern University, Eastern Michigan University and The Chicago Architecture Foundation. Jerica brings nearly 20 years of experience in all areas of non-profit and higher education management to APSU, where she assists the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Behavioral Health Sciences and the College of Graduate studies with membership development, programming, board development and fundraising. She holds a Master’s Degree in Non-profit Management with a concentration in Human Services and a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts Management with a minor in Management.
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Brad Averitt | Director of Development
A native of Erin Tennessee, Brad is a two-time Austin Peay alumnus (BS 2010 in Corporate Communications and MS 2017 in Health and Human Performance). He began his career at APSU in Enrollment Management, serving as an Admissions Counselor from 2010-2016 and as the Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment from 2016-2018. He is eager for the opportunity to continue serving and strengthening his alma mater in his exciting new role as Director of Development, working with the College of Business.
Director of Advancement Services
Larry Wheeler
Functional Support Specialist
Office Supervisor
Advancement Specialist
Emily Crain
Advancement Specialist
Payton Baggett
Advancement Communications Specialist