Following a lengthy nationwide search, Belmont University recently announced that Suzanne Thigpen has been named as the University’s director of alumni relations. She will begin her new role at Belmont on July 18.
Relocating to Nashville from Oxford, Thigpen most recently served in a dual role at the University of Mississippi as the assistant director of university development and the director of annual giving. In these roles, she was responsible for overseeing the university’s annual giving, marketing and stewardship program and created Ole Miss True, a consecutive giving society. Prior to her time in Oxford, Thigpen served as Vanderbilt University’s Director of Parents and Family Programs where she oversaw Parent Weekend and organized regional parent receptions.
No stranger to higher education or development, Thigpen has worked in the industry for more than 15 years and said she is delighted to be coming back to Nashville. “I am excited and honored to have been selected to serve Belmont University as Director of Alumni Relations and I am grateful for the opportunity to lead our alumni association. With all the growth and excitement surrounding Belmont, I look forward to joining the team and working with our board of directors and dedicated volunteers to grow participation and enhance our engagement efforts.”
At Belmont, Thigpen will provide leadership and management for the University’s Department of Alumni Relations, implementing all alumni, annual giving, parent and family programs and activities. Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations Stephen Snead said, “I could not be happier to welcome Suzanne Thigpen as our new Director of Alumni Relations. She brings incredible strengths in program development and annual giving to Belmont. She is a noted expert in millennial giving and engagement and respected leader in her field.”