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NMSU names vice president for University Advancement finalists

New Mexico State University has identified four finalists for the position of vice president for University Advancement and president of the NMSU Foundation. The finalists include Ahmad Boura, John D. Crawford, Derek Dictson and Jesse D. Pisors. Each will visit the NMSU campus to meet with various stakeholders between Dec. 15-17.


Boura is vice president for University Advancement and chief executive officer of the University Foundation for California State University, Chico. There, he manages a combined staff of more than 120 individuals in the Offices of Development, Advancement Services, Alumni and Parent Engagement, University Communications, Stewardship, University Public Engagement and North State Public Radio. In his current role, he worked with university leaders to identify campaign priorities for the leadership phase of the first comprehensive capital campaign in the universityís history Ė Transform Tomorrow. He has an MBA from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire and a bachelorís degree in accounting from Beirut Arab University in Lebanon.

Crawford is vice president for University Advancement and CEO of the Valdosta State University Foundation. He has 23 years of professional experience with expertise in major gift fundraising, foundation management, alumni relations and governmental affairs. That universityís ďInvest. Ignite. Inspire.Ē comprehensive capital campaign exceeded its five-year working goal of $53,250,000 more than a year ahead of schedule and concluded with more than $62 million in gifts and pledges. In addition, the net assets of the Valdosta State University Foundation have increased from $23 million to $58.2 million during his time as leader. He has a masterís degree in public administration from Valdosta State and a bachelorís degree in history from the University of West Alabama.

Dictson is currently the senior director of development and principal gift officer at Auburn University. There, he serves as chief development officer for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, leading a team of eight development officers and seven coordinators. He previously served as director of development, senior director of development and business unit manager for the Texas A&M Foundation. He has 19 years of professional experience in the public and private sector, including 17 years of nonprofit fundraising and management experience. Dictson has a masterís of public service and administration degree from Texas A&M and a bachelorís degree in agricultural business and economics from NMSU. Heís also taken multiple executive business management seminars at Harvard Business School.

Pisors is vice president for Advancement and External Relations at the University of Houston-Victoria. Reporting to the university president, he leads all fundraising, grant development, alumni relations, stewardship and advancement services efforts. In the past three years, his team has set multiple fundraising records, including largest gift, largest amount raised in one year and greatest number of donors, among others. He has chaired search committees for senior university leaders and led local and state-level advocacy efforts on behalf of the president. Pisors also serves as a senior leader of the University of Houston System advancement team, which recently reached its $1 billion campaign goal more than a year ahead of schedule. He has a bachelorís and a masterís degree from Oral Roberts University. Heís currently pursuing a doctorate from Texas Tech University.

For more information about the candidates and to provide feedback, visit https://webcomm.nmsu.edu/hire/advancement.