Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Campus Phone: Ext. 5303
Campus Mail: P.O. Box 5040
Office: McCormick Hall 309
Department: Institutional Advancement
Campus or Site Location: Greeneville
Heather Patchett was named vice president of Institutional Advancement at Tusculum College on June 1, 2011. Patchett has more than 20 years experience in all aspects of fund raising, including major gifts, capital campaigns and planned giving programs. She has also managed three departments and has extensive experience working in higher education advancement and development programs.
She has spent the past two years working at Otter Opportunities, providing services to not-for-profit organizations, including fund raising, grant writing and working with research and information systems. She has also managed advancement programs at Converse College, where she served as vice president of Institutional Advancement; at the University of the South, where she served as director of capital gifts, and Gustavus Adolphus College, where she was the director of the Office of Gift Planning.
As vice president of Institutional Advancement, she oversees the staff and its departments, including the Offices of Development, College Communications, Alumni Relations, Advancement Services, Church Relations and Special Events. 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 the college. She will also serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet and will help guide the overall operation and growth of the institution.
Patchett has a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of the South and a master’s of arts in teaching from Alaska Pacific University.
In her positions with institutions of higher education she has planned budgets, served on the President’s Cabinet and worked closely with members of the Board of Trustees. She has run successful capital campaigns and worked with major gift programs.
At Converse College she participated in a very successful $87.5 million capital campaign, including securing a $15 million major gift.
She is a member of the Spartanburg Evening Lions Club, where she serves as second vice president, and is a member of Westminister Presbyterian Church. She is also a patron of the Lawson Academy of the Arts.