University of Delaware Office of Public Relations The Messenger Vol. 6, No. 1/1996 Marion B. Peavey appointed vice president for development and alumni relations A after a national search, the man who has led highly successful capital campaigns at the University of Alabama and the University of Virginia has been named the new vice president for development and alumni relations at the University of Delaware. Marion B. Peavey, vice president for development and alumni affairs at the University of Alabama since 1990, replaces Charles M. Forbes, who is retiring as vice president. Forbes will continue to serve as special assistant to the president, collaborating on several donor initiatives now in progress. The vice president for development and alumni relations reports to the president and is responsible for planning, coordinating and directing the fund- raising and alumni programs for the University. "I'm looking forward to working with Marion Peavey," President David Roselle says. "A dynamic and low-key leader, he has a proven record in fund raising. Peavey administered a successful campaign at the University of Virginia, and his current campaign to raise $165 million at the University of Alabama exceeded its goal a year before its scheduled conclusion. I'm confident he will be a great asset to our efforts here," he says. At Alabama, Peavey, 53, has led the largest capital campaign in that institution's history, and gifts and pledges have exceeded the goal by more than $3 million. In addition, overall annual giving to the University of Alabama has continued to set records under Peavey's guidance, currently standing at more than $30 million per year. Alabama's national alumni association has reached record active membership levels of 34,000 and set new records for academic scholarship support. Peavey served as vice president for development and university relations at the University of Virginia from 1981-90. From 1981-84, he organized and implemented UVa's first comprehensive capital campaign, which met its $90 million goal in less than two years, ultimately reaching $147 million at the end of three years and making it the largest campaign for a public university in the nation at that time. Private annual gift support to the University of Virginia also increased from $12 million to $51.6 million, and alumni giving increased from 9 percent in 1980 to 37 percent in 1990. Peavey served on the advancement team at Duke University from 1974-81, first as associate director of development and director of area campaigns, then as director of development and finally as director of institutional advancement. From 1967-74, he was affiliated with Wofford College, serving first as director of information services and later as associate director of development and director of alumni affairs. Peavey received his bachelor's degree in English and history at Wofford in 1965 and his master's degree in journalism and communications at the University of South Carolina in 1967. He also has taken advanced courses in trusts and estates, corporate law and estate planning at Duke University Law School.