Marjie M. French joined UTSA as vice president for external relations and chief development officer on January 28, 2008. French comes to UTSA from the University of Texas at Dallas where she served as vice president for development since June 2005.
A development professional with more than 20 years of experience at public research institutions, her service includes 10 years with the University of Texas at Austin and six years with the University of Houston.
French's university advancement career includes management experience in development, alumni relations and communications with leadership roles in two university multi-million dollar comprehensive capital campaigns and personal major gift solicitations and acquisitions from both state and national charitable foundations.
A native Texan, French has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. At UT Dallas, she supervised all aspects of development including operations, alumni relations, major gifts, annual fund, communications and endowment services. Under her supervision, total giving increased by 50 percent and alumni participation increased by 70 percent.
As associate director of development at UT Austin, French managed the Dallas major gift program for the UT Austin $1.6 billion "We're Texas" campaign. Additionally, she supervised fundraising that led to the creation of the Real Estate Finance Center at UT Austin's McCombs School of Business.
At the University of Houston, she supervised development programs for both the Honors College and the College of Architecture during the university's $350 million creative partnership campaign.