McPherson Named Vice President Of Advancement For Union College

Mike McPherson
Mike McPherson

Special to The Mountain Advocate

Union College President Marcia Hawkins, Ph.D., announced the appointment of Michael R. McPherson as Vice President of Advancement.

In this role, McPherson will oversee the institution’s fundraising, communications and community relations efforts.

“Mike’s experience will be an invaluable asset as we continue to move Union College forward,” said Hawkins. “His professionalism combined with his personality makes him an excellent fit here, and we are excited to have him not only join our team but also lead our community-building and fundraising efforts.” 

Prior to coming to Union, McPherson served as Director of Development for Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn., Director of Annual Giving at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., and as Director of Alumni Relations and Director of Development Services at Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss. Before becoming involved in higher education, McPherson served as a corporate trainer and human resource director for a private company in Ridgeland, MS.

McPherson earned both his Bachelors of Business Administration and his Masters of Business Administration degrees from Belhaven University.

I am happy to be here at Union College,” said McPherson. “Union is a special place, and the people here have already shown themselves to be gracious and welcoming. I look forward to meeting our alumni and friends in the community and on campus.  I am excited about the opportunity to hear their Union College stories and share the important work taking place on our campus. I always look forward to hearing from our alumni and friends.”

McPherson officially took office on Oct. 1.