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"A Miami moment with ... Kevin Marks"

04/05/2012

Kevin Marks
Oxford native and Miami University alumnus (MS ’83) Kevin Marks recently celebrated his 16th anniversary as a university staff member. Now on his sixth title, the senior director of development for campaign services credits his radio background for his success in university advancement.

Q. You worked for 10 years in radio, how has that helped you in this field?

With journalism and mass communications degrees, I worked in radio for a decade (commercial stations in Cincinnati, public radio stations at the University of Illinois and UNC-Charlotte). I am pleased to be able to use my communication, organization and logistical skills at a place that is near and dear to my heart, and in a division that helps deepen the engagement of Miami alumni, parents and students.

Q. What is a day in the life in university advancement?
There are no “typical days” per se, but usually, each day, I run a series of reports to help track and analyze campaign commitments and other gift activity. I also coordinate the president’s advancement travel schedule, so I spend a good amount of time on that. In addition, I oversee the faculty/staff/retiree endowment program, compile data and create presentations, help with development communication as needed and serve on a number of teams and committees. I tell my kids that my job sometimes mainly consists of meetings!

Q. What are university advancement’s goals this year?

We are working hard to reach one of our main initiatives: meeting the For Love and Honor campaign goal of $500 million. This will help provide significant resources to Miami students today and tomorrow, in terms of scholarships, professorships and new facilities.

Q. How do you spend your time outside of the office?

With five kids, I don’t have much time for hobbies, other than watching their games and performances! Our oldest is a junior in college and plays basketball (not at Miami). We also have a college freshman who’s playing soccer, a high school junior, an eighth grader and a fifth grader. My parents (and in-laws) also live in Oxford. My wife is also a Miami alumna, as are both my parents.

As an Oxford native, and alumnus what are the most significant changes you’ve seen at Miami?

The most noticeable changes are the new facilities (some aren’t so new anymore), like Goggin Ice Center, the Recreational Sports Center, the business and engineering buildings, and now, the Armstrong Student Center. It’s nice, though, to be able to sit at the Hub, hear the bells ringing, and see that the heart of campus hasn’t changed much.

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