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Senior Philanthropy Officer

Alicia earned her Bachelor’s Degree from MSU in 2001. She is the Senior Philanthropy Officer in the Office of Alumni Relations & Development. She is responsible for the coordination, management and expansion of the Universities leadership annual giving, major giving and corporate giving support.  She develops and maintains relationships with constituents by cultivating, soliciting and stewarding those that can provide leadership and major gift potential in support of the mission of Morehead State University.


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Assistant Director for Alumni Relations & Development

Allison graduated from MSU in 2005 with her Bachelor's of Business Administration in Marketing. She completed her Master of Business Administration degree in 2009. In her role as the Assistant Director for Alumni Relations & Development, Allison is responsible for developing, planning, implementing, and managing a university-wide stewardship and donor relations program. She is also responsible for special event planning for the Division of Development and the MSU President.


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Alumni & Annual Giving Officer

Gillum graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications in 2013. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in communication. He will oversee the annual phonathon program at the Student Call Center, coordinate student and young alumni engagement programs, promote membership in the MSU Alumni Association and more.

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Alumni & Annual Fund Coordinator

Jessi graduated from MSU in 2011 with her Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing. She completed her Masters of Business Administration in 2012. As the Alumni & Annual Fund Manager, Jessi is responsible for implementing strategic initiatives to promote and increase overall alumni engagement and fundraising, including overseeing all annual fund activities including telegiving, direct mail and employee giving, as well as developing activities and events to foster relationships with alumni and other constituency groups.


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Vice President for University Advancement
MSU Foundation, Inc. CEO


Mr. Shaw is the vice president for University Advancement which includes Alumni Relations and Development, Career Services, Communications and Marketing, Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, Kentucky Folk Art Center, and Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY) .


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Alumni Relations & Development Events Coordinator

Kenna graduated from MSU in 2008 with her Bachelors of Arts in Communications with an emphasis in Advertising & Public Relations. She completed her Masters of Business Administration in 2009. As the Coordinator of Alumni & Constituent Relations, Kenna is responsible for promoting and enhancing relationships with alumni and other supporters of the University. She assists in the strategic planning, coordinating, and executing of alumni special events and student-alumni activities in order to create an engaged, supportive, and effective alumni association. She is also a member of MSU Staff Congress and the co-advisor to the Student Alumni Ambassadors.

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Accountant, MSU Foundation, Inc.

Madonna graduated from MSU in 1997 with her Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting. She worked alongside her father, also an MSU Alum, in his accounting practice for 17 years before returning to MSU in 2009. Madonna is responsible for general/daily accounting duties, such as processing Foundation check requests for the entire campus, reconciling credit card accounts, generating report requests, etc.

“I’m very fortunate to work at MSU, my Alma Mater. Also to have the privilege of working alongside some of the most wonderful and dedicated people is also a huge advantage.”

Madonna currently resides here in Morehead with her husband of 25 years, and son Jacob (future Eagle!!).


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Advancement Records Specialist

Matthew is the Advancement Records Specialist. In this role, he works to ensure the accuracy and integrity of our alumni and donor records, as well as providing support to Alumni Relations and Development staff. He is an MSU alumnus.


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Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations & Development
Executive Vice President, MSU Alumni Association


Growing up in Morehead and Rowan County, it was a natural assumption for Mindy Highley that she would attend Morehead State University. Choosing a college was an easy decision. Choosing a department of study was not. Having been active in both the high school speech team and newspaper staff, she decided to visit the Department of Communications and found a home there.

Under the guidance of legendary faculty members like Harlen Hamm and David Brown, Mindy had a successful academic career. “I learned a tremendous amount from teachers like Mr. Hamm and Mr. Brown,” she said recently. “But I learned equally important professional and life skills from my involvement in activities outside the classroom.” 

“I learned so many valuable things through my internships and workstudy positions, as well as through my involvement in the University’s speech team and my social sorority, ” she continued. “MSU gave me the opportunity to put all those components together and graduate with the knowledge I needed to be successful in my career.”

Upon completion of her Masters Degree, Mindy immediately began working in the University’s Development Office as the manager of the phonathon program. She has continued in that department ever since in varying positions and today serves as the Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations & Development, as well as the Executive Vice President for the MSU Alumni Association. This role allows her to develop, plan, implement and oversee a comprehensive fundraising program that involves alumni, parents and friends of the University. She greatly enjoys assisting donors in providing financial support to enhance the lives of Morehead State University students.

She resides in Owingsville, with her husband Jeff and their children Zack and Emmy.

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Secretary Specialist


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Director of Finance

Sharon serves as the Director of Finance for University Advancement and MSU Foundation, Inc.


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Secretary, MSU Foundation, Inc.


Sherry serves as office manager and provides clerical support and coordination for the Vice President for University Advancement. She is Board Secretary for the MSU Foundation Board of Trustees and the Alumni Association Board of Director. Sherry is also a representative of MSU Staff Congress.

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Advancement Services Manager


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