Booker is new VP for institutional advancement

Aug. 23, 2013
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications
865.981.8207; karen.eldridge@maryvillecollege.edu

Maryville native Suzy Garner Booker has been named Maryville College’s new vice president for institutional advancement.

Booker, who was previously the director of development for the University of Tennessee’s College of Arts and Sciences, began her work at Maryville College on Aug. 19.

Her responsibilities include institution-wide fundraising, including annual, major and planned giving; alumni relations; church relations; advancement services; prospecting; and donor stewardship. She will supervise and lead staff members in the College’s Advancement Division.

In making the announcement to the campus last month, Maryville College President Dr. William T. “Tom” Bogart called Booker a “seasoned fundraiser” and said he looked forward to introducing her to members of the Maryville College community – internally and externally.

“Fundraising is vitally important to the College’s ability to live out its mission, and I have confidence that Suzy possesses the knowledge and skills to guide successful campaigns for academic and extracurricular programs, scholarships, facilities and faculty and staff support,” he said. “I look forward to working with her.”

Booker earned her bachelor’s degree and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1998 and earned a master’s degree from the University of York in the United Kingdom in 1999. In 2003, she earned a certificate in fundraising management from the Lilly School of Philanthropy.

Her career in fundraising began as the director of development for the Sigma Kappa Foundation in Indianapolis, Ind. Joining the development staff of Purdue University’s College of Science in 2004, she helped her department meet a $15 million philanthropic goal that was part of a seven-year, $1.5 billion comprehensive campaign for the university.

In 2006, she returned to the University of Tennessee-Knoxville as a director of development for the system-wide office of development, where she cultivated, solicited and stewarded major gift donors as a part of the university’s six-year $1 billion comprehensive Campaign for Tennessee. As director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences, she was responsible for directing the College’s top fundraising priorities, including the $7.2 million Tennessee Humanities Center and the School of Music’s $3.6 million All-Steinway Initiative.

“During the search process, Suzy met with various members of the College community, and people were consistent in their remarks about her track record in fundraising and her enthusiasm, professionalism and engaging personality,” Bogart said. “And many appreciated the fact that Suzy is, in many ways, already connected to Maryville College. Her father, David Garner, is an alumnus from the Class of 1970.”


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester is 1,213.