|UC native Passmore a fit for Vandy post |
|Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 1:37 pm |
Vanderbilt Vice Chancellors David Williams and Susie Stalcup have jointly named veteran senior development officer and Union City native Christy Passmore as Executive Director of Athletics Development and National Commodore Club.
Passmore, who has served as the interim director the past year, has already assumed her duties.
“This opportunity is challenging and especially exciting for me,” Passmore says. “I have a clear understanding of the goals this university has for its athletics program and believe a strong development program will play a key role toward achieving them. It is really thrilling for me to be part of this program that puts forth such an extraordinary effort on behalf of these amazing student-athletes to enable them to compete athletically and academically."
Williams, who has guided Commodore athletics to new heights during his six years of supervision, is pleased to have Passmore on his team.
“Christy Passmore brings many needed and important skills and experiences to Commodore athletics,” he says. “Perhaps first and foremost, her addition brings stability to this key position. Her long-time association with Vanderbilt administration, alumni and friends means she can hit the ground running. She knows Vanderbilt and she knows development and that matters to our student-athletes as we strive for all-around excellence.”
A native of UC, Christy earned a degree in early childhood education in 1978 from the UT Martin and spent three years as a classroom teacher.
She gained her first fundraising experience working in several Tennessee political campaigns and in Washington, D.C.
In 1985, she joined the American Heart Association in Nashville and was subsequently promoted to a position at the organization’s national center in Dallas, managing the national volunteer board of directors.
Passmore began her career at Vanderbilt in 1990, and since then has held senior positions throughout the university.
Christy’s first position was as chief development officer for the School of Nursing.
In 1994, she became a major gift officer for the Medical Center, with a focus that included the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.
She was promoted to executive director/campaign director for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital development in August 1998, with primary responsibility for raising $50 million for a new free-standing children’s hospital. That campaign launched in April 1999 and reached its goal in March 2000.
She was named assistant vice chancellor in 2001 and then associate vice chancellor in 2002, with primary responsibility for the university’s comprehensive “Shape the Future” campaign, as well as week-to-week management of the chancellor’s time and schedule for development and campaign purposes.
The “Shape the Future” campaign was publicly launched in April 2003.
Vanderbilt Athletics development oversight and management was added to her portfolio in 2005, with lead responsibility for managing a $25 million campaign to increase the endowment of athletics.
Almost $19 million has been committed in gifts, pledges and documented bequests toward the endowment goal.