Wilson named senior director of engineering development

Published: Jun 10, 2024 7:00 AM

By Austin Phillips

Jon Wilson has been named senior director of development for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, according to an announcement by Dean Mario Eden.

Wilson, who previously served as senior director of athletics development for the university, will begin his new appointment in engineering July 1. In his new role, Wilson is responsible for leading the college’s development and fundraising efforts, including managing, mentoring and coaching development officers and coordinators; implementing strategic stewardship and engagement plans; and working with the dean to ensure that all of the college’s development and fundraising goals are met. Wilson will also serve as a major gift fundraiser.  

“We are thrilled to have Jon back in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, now serving as senior director of development,” Eden said. “Through his years in the college and, most recently, with Auburn Athletics, Jon has built great relationships with our alumni and understands the importance of maintaining those bonds.”

Wilson joined Auburn University in 2012 as a development officer in the College of Engineering, helping generate record levels of support. He then moved to Tigers Unlimited as a development officer before assuming his most recent role as senior director of athletics development, where he was responsible for generating major philanthropic gifts in support of student-athletes and Auburn Athletics. Prior to his role at Auburn, he worked in the private sector in sales and logistical capacities.

“Working with Auburn Athletics was a dream come true, and I am blessed to have built so many relationships with alumni who care so deeply about this university we all love,” Wilson said. “While I treasured my time in athletics, there was only one job I would have left for and it’s this one in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. I’ve seen firsthand the passion and commitment our alumni have for this beloved college, and it feels good to be home.”

Margaret Arnold, the college’s former senior director of development who was recently promoted as the university’s associate vice president of philanthropy, said Wilson’s experience, longevity at Auburn, familiarity with the College of Engineering and his success in multiple units across campus made him a perfect fit for the position.

“Jon isn’t just passionate about alumni engagement, he’s passionate about Auburn,” Arnold said. “While it was the hardest decision of my life to leave the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, I can rest easy knowing that the college’s alumni, who have turned out to be my lifelong friends, are in great hands with Jon.”

Media Contact: Austin Phillips, austinp@auburn.edu, 334-844-2444
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