Melissa Hendricks selected for VC of Advancement role
Melissa Hendricks has been named Vice Chancellor of Advancement and Executive Director of the UA-PTC Foundation at University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College. Hendricks, a Little Rock native, begins Jan. 9, 2024.
She will oversee all fundraising and private gift administration and special event management. She will also have administrative responsibilities for management of the Center for Humanities and Arts Theater and Windgate Art Gallery.
Hendricks has a lengthy resume of success in non-profit management, fundraising, and grant writing. Her most recent role has been Centers for Youth and Families Foundation Director in Little Rock, a role she has had since May 2018.
“Melissa’s extensive track record of success in fundraising is truly impressive,” said UA – Pulaski Tech Chancellor Summer DeProw. “Likewise, her deep ties to the central Arkansas business community will enhance UA – Pulaski Tech’s vital role in preparing graduates for the workforce.”
Hendricks has served on the Little Rock Port Authority Board of Directors since 2011, including serving as Chair 2018-2020. She served on the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2018-2020. Other community involvement includes Business Networking International, The Connectors chapter; Rotary Club 99; Association of Fundraising Professionals-Arkansas, including a year as president; Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class XX; and she was recognized as Outstanding Fundraising Professional, Association of Fundraising Professionals-Arkansas in 2015.
She also served as Grants and Major Gifts Officer at Pulaski Technical College from 2006 until 2013, prior to its affiliation with the University of Arkansas System. During that time, she raised $22.3 million through federal and foundation grant funding.
Hendricks earned a Master of Arts in journalism from University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a Bachelor of Science in journalism/public relations at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
“UA - Pulaski Tech is a leader in higher education in Arkansas, and it is poised for an even greater future,” said Hendricks. “I’m delighted to return to the college and honored to lead the efforts to increase community engagement as we raise the college’s profile and have a positive impact on the lives of our students and economic development in our state.”
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