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(West Plains) – Joe Kammerer has been named the new director of development at Missouri State University-West Plains.

Kammerer, who has been the campus’ assistant director of development since June 2007 and served for the past several months as interim director of development, took over the director’s duties full time on January 2.

As assistant director of development, Kammerer supervised the implementation of the campus’ annual fund, as well as the creation of its promotional literature, volunteer training and event planning. He helped manage several events hosted by the development office, including the Missouri State-West Plains annual auction, and he aided officials with the Friends of the Garnett Library in managing the group’s fund-raising events. In addition, he worked with individual donors to the university and served as sponsor of the campus’ Future Alumni Organization and Young Alumni groups.

During his two tenures as interim director, from August 2008 through January 2009 and from May 2012 until his hiring, Kammerer oversaw all aspects donor relations; implemented planned giving strategies for donors; solicited and developed private and instructional scholarships; implemented a group relations program to create and maintain supportive relationships with alumni, young alumni, future alumni, donors, community groups and leaders; and coordinated the receipt of charitable gifts and their allocation with the Missouri State University Foundation.

Prior to joining Missouri State-West Plains, Kammerer served four years as director of development for Peoria Christian School in Peoria, IL. In that capacity, he oversaw all aspects of donor relations; provided oversight of the school’s annual auction, which involved 40 volunteers and raised over $120,000; implemented a group relations program to create and maintain supportive relationships with alumni, grandparents, churches and community groups; and managed the schools annual fund gala and direct mail campaign, which raised more than $350,000 annually.

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