Jill Salyers has been named vice president for institutional advancement at Tusculum. She will begin her duties in February.
As vice president of the Office of Institutional Advancement, she will oversee the staff and its departments, including development and alumni engagement. She will manage a donor portfolio and will be responsible for meeting the goals of the Advancement Office in support of the goals and mission of Tusculum. She will also serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet and will help guide the overall operation and growth of the institution.
“We are very pleased that Jill Salyers will be joining us at Tusculum as vice president of institutional advancement,” said Dr. James Hurley, president of Tusculum “Her experience, relationships and success in the Northeast Tennessee region will support continuing success in our fundraising and advancement efforts.”
Originally from Upstate New York and raised in South Florida, Salyers has called Northeast Tennessee home for more than 20 years and is a proud alumnus of Tusculum, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management through the Graduate and Professional Studies programs.
After college, Salyers joined United Way of Greater Kingsport. During her time there, she worked with thousands of volunteers to facilitate the distribution of millions of locally donated dollars to local nonprofit agencies, facilitated organizational strategic planning and implementation and directed the assessment of community needs and implementation of community programming to meet those needs.
Salyers went on to serve as the director of public relations and marketing for Eastern Eight Community Development Corporation, where she facilitated organizational strategic planning and implementation and provided direct services to agency clients. In 2013, she began service as Tri-Cities field director in the office of United States Senator Bob Corker.
“Tusculum College changed the path of my life when I graduated from the GPS program in 2004,” said Salyers. “Because of my time at Tusculum, I’ve had a fantastic career dedicated to servant leadership, and I’m honored to now have a role in helping to ensure that future Tusculum students have the same opportunities. “