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Vice President for Development’s energy, expertise makes positive contribution to university leadership team

Vice President for Development’s energy, expertise makes positive contribution to university leadership team

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor welcomed Brent E. Davison on August 30 as the university’s new vice president for development. In his new role, Davison oversees the university’s alumni relations and development initiatives, which include planned giving, corporate relations, and capital and endowment campaigns.

Davison came to UMHB from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.V., where he served as vice president for institutional advancement. He had previously served as vice president for development at the World Golf Foundation in Saint Augustine, Florida.

His move to Belton marks a return to the Lone Star State for Brent and his family; before moving to the east coast, he served as vice president for advancement at the University of North Texas, where he helped formulate and implement the successful completion of a $150-million capital campaign, exceeding the goal by $53 million.

Davison grew up in Nevada, Missouri, and earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri in 1984. He and his wife, Reina, have three daughters: Victoria, age 17; Gabrielle, age 19; and Michaela, age 27. Michaela is married to a Baptist minister, Christian Nuckels, and they have a three-year-old daughter, Emorie, and a one-year-old son, Ryland.

Davison said that, in his many years as a fundraiser, he has learned that at the heart of every gift is a sense of trust—a certainty that an institution will stay true to its mission. That is why, he said, he felt the call to come to UMHB.

“Everyone here understands that our work is about a higher purpose: to educate the Christian leaders of tomorrow, who understand the Biblical principles that are so important to our country,” Davison said. “I felt that, at this time in my life, God was calling me to be directly involved in His service through my vocation. I believe this is where God wants me to be, helping to advance Christian higher education.”

President Randy O’Rear said Davison’s energy and expertise make him a valuable addition to the university’s leadership team.

“We want the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor to be the university of choice for Christian higher education in the Southwest,” President O’Rear said. “To attain this goal, we must reach out to others who share our commitment to Christian education and show them how their support will make a profound difference in the lives of our young people. Brent is a proven leader who brings a great track record of success to UMHB.”

— Paula Price Tanner

“Brent Davison loves God, loves people, and loves the challenge of making big things happen. With his help, I believe we can achieve great things at UMHB.”
— Dr. Randy O’Rear