George Wendt named UNT assistant vice president for advancement services
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- George Wendt was recently appointed to serve as the assistant vice president for Advancement Services at the University of North Texas. He will join Lisa Baronio, vice president of Advancement, and the Development team to help lead the university's fundraising efforts.
Wendt, who will join the campus in August, comes to UNT from the Oklahoma State University Foundation, where he served as associate vice president of development since 2005 and managed academic fundraising operations for Oklahoma State's College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. In 2008, Wendt helped raise a record $18 million for the college.
"I am very excited about the addition of George Wendt to the UNT advancement team," said Baronio, who appointed Wendt. "George brings to UNT more than 30 years in higher education development and a unique blend of experience in management, and has a great understanding of the development process due to his own experience in fundraising. He has the ability to improve the internal process while never taking his eye off the end result, working with donors to provide the opportunity for more financial support for the university."
As assistant vice president, Wendt will work closely with the advancement team to help oversee fundraising efforts in areas including the annual giving campaign, research, donor relations, special events, administrative services, communications and public relations.
"We will look at the goals for the development and advancement staff and the university in general and analyze how some of the best practices in advancement industry can be implemented or enhanced," said Wendt. "UNT is a very strong and well-respected university, with many colleges that are very highly rated. I very much want to be a part of adding to the success of that effort for this growing institution."
Wendt has worked in university development since 1976 and in higher education fundraising since 1985. He also served at the University of Nebraska for 14 years as director of corporate and foundation relations and assistant vice president of the University of Nebraska Foundation. Wendt holds a bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology and psychology from Northern Michigan University.