MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University (CBU) is proud to announce that Mark Billingsley has joined the University’s executive leadership team as its newest Vice President for Advancement, effective August 15, 2017.
Billingsley will be responsible for all of the fund development and unearned revenue-generating strategies for the 146 year-old University, including alumni activities, major gifts, bequest gifts and planned giving, CBU’s annual fund, and grants management.
He will also design and execute the University’s growing public affairs and government relations strategies, which are intended to complement its growing profile throughout the Greater Memphis region and across the Southeast.
Billingsley takes control of CBU’s Advancement office as it focuses on the completion of a landmark, $70 million capital campaign, “Faith In Progress: The Campaign For Advancing Education.”
“I am extraordinarily honored to join Christian Brothers University at this uniquely exciting time in their history,” says Billingsley. “CBU’s culture of service-learning and the remarkable achievements of their students and faculty are enriching our community in wonderful ways. Ensuring that CBU has the resources it needs to fully realize the potential of its mission is a great responsibility, and I’m grateful for this opportunity to serve.”
Billingsley was most recently the Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving/Director of Transplant Philanthropy for the Methodist Healthcare Foundation. During his 10-year career there, Billingsley was responsible for developing and managing new donor strategies to advance Methodist’s pioneering science, capital needs, technology, start-up costs, and talent retention needs. He secured a $40,000,000 gift — the largest gift in Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s history — as well as major gifts to support the first Neuroscience Education Center at Methodist’s Neuroscience Institute, two new Stroke Suites, and the Cardiac Hybrid Surgery Suite at Methodist Germantown Hospital.
Billingsley’s extensive non-profit leadership career also includes successful terms as Executive Director of the Memphis Area Homebuilders Association and the Director of Development & Marketing for United Cerebral Palsy of the Mid-South, Inc.
A Memphis-area native and graduate of Christian Brothers High School and the University of Memphis, Billingsley has also served on the Shelby County Commission since August 2012. He is also a member of the Boards of Directors of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission, and is a Reserve Police Officer for the City of Germantown.
“Mark innately understands the immense value that CBU provides to its students, the extraordinary quality of staff and faculty, and the many ways in which our work is transforming the Memphis region,” says CBU President John Smarrelli Jr. “It was clear from our very first conversations that he will be an invaluable asset to our team and the best possible person to help us secure the financial support that CBU needs to succeed today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.”