Dr. Wendy L. Cash Named as Director of Alumni Engagement at Jacksonville State University


Wendy CashJacksonville State University (Jax State) is delighted to introduce Dr. Wendy L. Cash, a distinguished alumna, as the new Director of Alumni Engagement. Dr. Cash's deep-rooted connection to Jax State, coupled with her extensive experience and dynamic vision, underscores her commitment to enriching the alumni experience and fostering lifelong connections with the university. 

Dr. Cash, a 2000 graduate of Jax State, has a proven track record in alumni engagement. Her previous role as the Manager of Engagement at Auburn University's Harbert College of Business was marked by her ability to build enduring relationships between the institution, its alumni, and students. This skill set, honed at a prestigious institution like Auburn, is a testament to her capabilities and the value she brings to Jax State. 

"We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Wendy Cash back to the Jax State campus," said Dr. Don C. Killingsworth, Jr., President of Jacksonville State University. "Her innovative approach and dedication to alumni engagement will be invaluable as we continue to strengthen our relationships with alumni and enhance their connection to the university." 

Dr. Cash will report to the Associate Director for Philanthropy in her new role and will provide strategic leadership to develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive alumni engagement program, designed to offer meaningful opportunities for volunteerism, service, personal and professional development, and events that bolster alumni loyalty, dedication, and support for Jax State. She will also lead efforts to create and sustain solid connections for alumni and friends across the globe, develop programs to increase alumni participation and giving, and enrich the alumni experience. 

I am honored and humbled to be returning to my beloved alma mater as Director of Alumni Engagement. JSU invested in me as a student and provided me with a foundation of knowledge that I have carried with me throughout my educational journey and career path for more than 20 years. The university is experiencing an energizing growth and has a wonderful team of administrators, faculty, and staff leading us forward. I am thrilled to join Jax State during such an exciting time to help foster, cultivate, and build new relationships, bolster alumni engagement, and meet alumni who treasured their time at JSU as much as I did. 

Dr. Cash holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and English from Jacksonville State University, a Master of Technical and Professional Communication from Auburn University, an Event Planning Certificate from Emory University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Auburn University. 

"Under Dr. Cash's leadership, the Office of Alumni Engagement at Jax State is poised to reach new heights, fostering an even stronger bond between the university and its alumni," said Kelli J. Holmes, Associate Vice President for Philanthropy. "We’re confident that Dr. Cash’s vision and dedication will ensure a promising future for Jax State and its alumni network."

Dr. Cash will begin her new role on July 8, 2024.