• UWA adds three to fundraising staff

    Posted: January 19, 2011

    Author: Meaghan Gordon

    LIVINGSTON, Ala.—Tom Tartt, Robert Upchurch and Bobby Wallace recently assumed development positions at the University of West Alabama as the institution nears its goal for “The University We Will Be” fundraising campaign.

    “We are proud UWA has raised to date $10 million of our $15 million goal, and I believe Tom, Robert and Bobby, three men with a sincere love for this university, will help secure private gifts allowing us to go beyond our target,” said Clemit Spruiell, vice president for institutional advancement and UWA Foundation executive secretary.

    Tartt, a lifelong Livingston resident and UWA alumnus, is the new director of development. He oversees the campaign and manages the day-to-day operations of the UWA Foundation. Mayor of the City of Livingston for 30 years, Tartt knows firsthand the impact the University and its initiatives have on the region.

    “I’ve seen the great importance this institution has in this city, and it has grown into the number one engine for economic growth in west Alabama. I’m excited to get on board and continue the tremendous work that’s already been done,” Tartt said.

    In addition to his new role, Tartt will continue his work as special projects coordinator for the University president, having assisting in projects such as the purchase and renovation of the new University Cinema and the development of a 911 emergency system to enhance campus security.

    Upchurch, a Livingston native and 2002 UWA chemistry graduate, joined the Office of Institutional Advancement in early January as a development officer. He previously served as an attorney with Phelps, Jenkins, Gibson and Fowler in Tuscaloosa after earning his juris doctorate in 2005 from the University of Alabama School of Law.

    “I’m excited to return to both my hometown and my alma mater in a position that will help move this university forward,” said Upchurch, who also serves as UWA National Alumni Association vice president. “I have the opportunity to raise funds for this deserving institution while connecting with fellow alumni and friends who have a passion for UWA.”

    Wallace, who retired after five seasons as UWA head football coach, also joined the fundraising staff this month. The Division II Football and Alabama Sports Hall of Famer is a Jackson, Miss., native and 1976 Mississippi State University graduate. He will focus on engaging alumni and donors in south Alabama and Florida.

    “I enjoyed my time on the UWA football field, and now I’m pleased to help the University in a new role,” said Wallace, who led the Tigers to the NCAA Division II Playoffs in 2009.

    The ongoing “The University We Will Be” initiative will improve campus facilities, provide additional scholarships, enhance the campus learning environment, support the faculty and fund community outreach projects for the 175-year-old institution. The campaign, announced at a September 2010 gala, will extend to 2012.

    For more information about “The University We Will Be” campaign, please contact the UWA Development Office at 205-652-5467.

     Tom Tartt   Robert Upchurch   Bobby Wallace 

    Tom Tartt

    Robert Upchurch

    Bobby Wallace


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