August 16, 2023

The Texas A&M Foundation has announced that John Morris will become its new senior vice president for development, effective August 15, 2023. Morris, who previously served in a similar role at Auburn University, brings a wealth of experience inspiring major giving, facilitating growth and cultivating meaningful impact through purposeful philanthropy.

“Very few institutions can match Texas A&M’s power to change the world, and I truly believe that few other institutions honor their land-grant mission like this one does.”
- John Morris

Before his tenure at Auburn, Morris received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Winona State University and Illinois State University, respectively. In his first role fundraising for athletics at Benedictine University, a private Catholic university, Morris secured the university’s largest gift in eight years before he was promoted to leading the university’s fundraising options. During his tenure as associate vice president for advancement, the university set a 10-year record for gifts received and dollars raised.

His talent for fundraising followed him to the University of Minnesota Foundation, where he led teams in a decentralized development operation raising more than $280 million every fiscal year. In his subsequent role at the Kansas State University Foundation, Morris successfully implemented a comprehensive principal gifts program and raised $1.6 billion against a $1.4 billion goal during the “Innovation and Inspiration” campaign.

“I believe in the power of relationships, both with donors and within the university community,” Morris emphasized. “Understanding our donors’ passions and priorities will be crucial to aligning their goals with Texas A&M’s vision. If we build meaningful relationships, we can empower people to make a difference here that deeply impacts the world around them. To me, that starts with harnessing Aggies’ deep connection with this university. Their spirit should drive our mission and the transformative impact we want to achieve.”

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