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Leadership

Mizzou Advancement comprises 180 employees, including 55 major gift officers, under the guidance of our leadership team:





Tom Hiles, Vice Chancellor for Advancement

Tom Hiles
Vice Chancellor for Advancement

Email: hilest@missouri.edu
Phone: 573-882-7703

As Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, Tom directs MU’s fundraising and alumni programs, which announced the $1.3 billion Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign in October 2015. Tom leads a dynamic Advancement team committed to building a culture of excellence through passion, teamwork and engagement.

The Advancement team has three major goals:

  1. Surpass all numeric goals
  2. Broaden the base of support for MU
  3. Enhance the Mizzou brand

Prior to coming to MU in July 2012, Tom had served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement/President of the Foundation at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, since 2010. He was Vice President for University Advancement at Western Kentucky University and Executive Director of the WKU Foundation from 1998 to 2010. Tom began his career in development in 1985 at DePaul University, held a variety of fundraising positions at the University of Maryland and served as Director of Campaigns at Rice University.





Orrie Covert, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement

Orrie Covert
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement

Email: coverto@missouri.edu
Phone: 573-882-7373

As Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, Orrie oversees the professional fundraising staff for the schools and colleges, intercollegiate athletics and health systems, directing the planning and execution of a coordinated fundraising program. Orrie also advises the Vice Chancellor on fundraising goals, plans, strategies and resource allocation.

Prior to coming to MU in April 2013, Orrie served as the Assistant Vice President for Development at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He was Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director for the Northwest Foundation at Northwest Missouri State University from 2005 to 2011. Orrie began his development career in 2002 as Director of Development at Syracuse University.





Todd McCubbin, Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations

Todd McCubbin
Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations
and Executive Director of the Mizzou Alumni Association

Email: mccubbint@missouri.edu
Phone: 573-884-9092

Todd is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations and Executive Director of the Mizzou Alumni Association. As the chief alumni relations officer at Mizzou, Todd leads the 44,000-member association and the Mizzou Annual Fund. He directs a staff of 30 and works closely with the association’s governing board of directors. Todd joined the Mizzou Alumni Association staff in 1995 as a Coordinator of Alumni Relations.





Gina Sholtis, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement

Gina Sholtis
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement

Email: sholtisg@missouri.edu
Phone: 573-884-6712

As Assistant Vice Chancellor, Gina is responsible for a broad range of development activities, focused primarily on acquiring major gifts, leading a talented team of fundraisers across campus and providing strategic support for the Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign. Gina also interacts with deans, university leadership, campaign volunteers and alumni to build strong relationships among MU’s constituencies.

Previously, Gina led the development efforts for the School of Law at Washington University in St Louis. She also has served as the Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations at the Saint Louis University School of Law.





Shannon Tindall-Jarnegan

Shannon Tindall-Jarnegan 
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement Services

Email: tindalls@missouri.edu
Phone: 573-884-3312

As the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement Services, Shannon is responsible for administering and maintaining the structure of the University of Missouri’s Advancement operations. Shannon and her team establish principles, maintain guidelines and investigate technical and financial solutions to reduce risk and maximize philanthropic investments in MU. Advancement Services professionals are entrusted to safeguard and advance the missions of the University of Missouri and the interests of our supporters. By staying current with trends in philanthropy and with the technical innovations that apply to the profession, Advancement Services better positions its fundraising colleagues for success.

Shannon has served in a number of roles within Advancement during her 14 years at the university. Prior to her current role, she served as Executive Director of Budget, Finance and Employee Relations.

Shannon received her undergraduate degree in Business with triple emphases in Management, Accounting and Finance from Columbia College and went on to earn a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in Public Policy from the University of Missouri’s Truman School of Public Affairs.





Deb Snellen, Director of Organizational and Professional Development

Deb Snellen, SPHR
Director of Organizational and Professional Development

Email: snellend@missouri.edu
Phone: 573-884-9789

Deb is passionate about working to increase the capabilities of Mizzou Advancement staff to shape the future of MU. Her areas of expertise include talent management, performance improvement, learning and development and organizational development. She leverages these strengths to provide strategic direction and facilitation of initiatives related to staff engagement and communication, strategic and workforce planning, job design, organizational structure and processes, talent acquisition, learning and development, performance management and improvement, career paths, succession planning and recognition programs.

For 25 years prior to joining MU Advancement, Deb owned a nationally known consulting firm specializing in training and development options for improving organizational performance. She also was a member of the faculty for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management. Deb has published more than 100 articles on leadership and management.

“I believe that every member of our staff is a professional in his or her own right,” Deb says. “While the concept of talent management is an area of expertise, I do not manage people’s talent. I work to create an environment in which people can manage their own talent. When we are successful doing that, there are no limits to what we can achieve.”

Deb received a bachelor’s degree in Education and a master’s degree in Communication with an emphasis in Organizational Communication and Training from Mizzou. She is a Past President of the Mizzou Alumni Association and a former Tiger mascot. She considers herself incredibly fortunate to do what she loves for her alma mater.