Rickey McCurry Named VP of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement for UNLV

Rickey McCurry has become Vice President for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement and President of the UNLV Foundation. Rickey is an accomplished advancement professional with a diverse background in development, alumni relations, and higher education administration. As Vice President, he will oversee all fundraising and alumni engagement for the university and serve as the fiduciary representative for the UNLV Foundation. 

Rickey comes to UNLV from Northern Arizona University, where he has served as Vice President of Advancement and CEO of the NAU Foundation since 2018. He also previously served the University of Tennessee System and The University of Tennessee System Foundation as Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs, President and CEO of the UT Foundation, and Executive Director of the UT Alumni Association. Previous past positions also include leadership roles at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and The University of Tennessee, among other institutions.

Rickey holds a juris doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in history from Lane College. He has contributed his time and talent as a presenter, board member, and speaker to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in Districts II, III, V, and VI. He is the recipient of the CASE District V Distinguished Service Award, and in 2009 was named the CASE-Commonfund Foundation CEO of the Year. 

WittKieffer’s Zachary A. Smith and Kim Brettschneider led this search.

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