Thomas W. Keith
Vice President for Advancement
Tom Keith was named Wesleyan’s Vice President for Advancement in February of 2015, overseeing the College’s efforts in the areas of Development, Alumni Relations, and Public Relations. Since that time, the College has seen its donor base increase by nearly 30% while generating nearly $20 million in private support. The College also launched the President’s Circle initiative in 2015 to recognize those who contribute $1,000 or more annually, and has seen membership increase by 73% in just three years. Previously, Tom served as Director of Development for the Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University from 2012-2015, and is a 2014 graduate of both Leadership Middle Tennessee and the Dale Carnegie Immersion Course on Effective Communications and Human Relations. He served on the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Grant Review Committee for its Nashville, Tenn. chapter, and his mom, Angie, was recognized as Komen Nashville’s “Survivor of the Year” in 2013, celebrating her 30th year as a breast cancer survivor. Tom spent a decade in athletics administration at Western Kentucky University (2001-2005), the University of Louisville (2005-2009) and Saint Louis University (2009-2012), where he served as Associate Athletics Director for Development. He has been recognized by District III of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for his work with new advancement professionals as the inaugural winner of their “Mentor of the Year” award in 2014. Tom is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Owensboro, holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Tennessee, and dual master’s degrees in business and education from the University of Louisville. A sports and travel enthusiast, he and his wife, Kendra, a clinical children’s therapist, have two children – Logan (12) and Elizabeth (11).