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Reshunda Mahone to Lead NC State Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving

A higher education professional with a track record of success, innovation and inclusion joins NC State as the new associate vice chancellor for alumni engagement and annual giving.

Reshunda Mahone, NC State associate vice chancellor for alumni engagement and annual giving

NC State announced today that Reshunda L. Mahone will join the Wolfpack as its new associate vice chancellor for alumni engagement and annual giving, effective Aug. 15.

In a higher education career spanning over two decades, Mahone has continually exceeded goals — and expectations — increasing alumni engagement, overall giving and efficiency at each of her previous institutions. At Emory University, where she currently serves as assistant dean for advancement and alumni engagement for the Goizueta Business School, she increased alumni engagement by 100% by developing and implementing new strategies and programs. She also surpassed fundraising goals by 400% by building an inclusive culture that values teamwork and embraces new tools and technologies. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Reshunda as a new leader in our Pack. Throughout her impressive career, Reshunda’s experience, expertise and enthusiasm have propelled her previous institutions to reach new heights.” said Brian Sischo, vice chancellor for university advancement. “We are confident that Reshunda’s leadership will help NC State build on our momentum, create more meaningful connections with our alumni, and help the university achieve even greater success.”

Mahone will oversee a newly integrated alumni engagement and annual giving team responsible for engaging the university’s alumni in mutually rewarding long-term relationships. She will also serve as executive director of the NC State Alumni Association, with responsibility for coordinating the association’s activities and its relationship with the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. 

“NC State’s mission goes far beyond the classroom, and our passionate and engaged alumni and friends are critical in helping us achieve our potential,” said Chancellor Randy Woodson. “Reshunda is a wonderful leader and fantastic addition to the Wolfpack community, and we’re excited to see what we will ‘think and do’ with her leading our alumni and annual giving efforts.”

“I am excited and honored to join a world-class institution with a vision to have a transformative impact on society and advance the greater good through innovations in education, research, scholarship and engagement,” Mahone said. “I am amazed by the accomplishments of the NC State Alumni Association and the entire University Advancement team, and cannot wait to be one of the newest members of the Wolfpack community.”

Mahone’s doctoral research on women in leadership roles in higher education and her continued research around diversifying philanthropy has helped her build inclusive and diverse teams at her previous institutions. She serves as the chair of the inaugural board of the African American Development Officers Network and provides free professional development and leadership skills for advancement professionals from underrepresented groups.

Mahone has also held a number leadership roles with the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), including serving as a member of the organization’s Minority Serving Institutions Advisory Council and co-chair of the CASE District III Annual Conference. She currently serves on the CASE Commission on Philanthropy and the CASE AMAtlas Advisory Committee and is a board member for CASE District III.

Mahone will build on the success of Benny Suggs who has served as NC State’s associate vice chancellor for alumni relations for the past 12 years. Suggs is retiring from his alma mater later this year.

Mahone holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida and a Doctorate of Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.