College of Medicine Hires Director of Institutional Advancement

July 2, 2004

July 2, 2004
Pool-COM Institutional Advancement
Contact: John Holder (979) 458-0669
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center Office of Communications
College of Medicine Hires Director of Institutional Advancement
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine has hired Tom Pool as director of institutional advancement, effective July 1, 2004. He comes to the College from the Texas A&M Foundation, which directs university-wide, major gift fund raising activities and asset management services for Texas A&M University in College Station.
Some of Pool’s responsibilities are to create relationships with alumni, friends and volunteers; increase philanthropic support for the College and the Health Science Center; and identify, cultivate and solicit leadership level gifts. He will establish and provide coordination and management of a major gift department; and communicate, interact and maintain a working relationship with established donors. Pool graduated from Texas A&M University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science and served in several leadership positions with the Aggie Band, including drum major.
On Pool’s appointment, Christopher C. Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., dean of the A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine said, “We are extremely fortunate to have recruited Tom to the College of Medicine. He brings energy and knowledge about how to best position the College’s fund raising initiatives. Behind Tom’s ready smile and easy demeanor is an experienced professional who will effectively communicate our story and advocate for our needs.”
Pool has served as both assistant and interim director of development for the A&M System Agriculture Program and with the Texas A&M Foundation since February 2001. Previously, he worked as a financial advisor in Austin and Bryan with Olde Discount Corporation and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.
At the Texas A&M Foundation, Pool’s main duties included the identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gifts and donations. At Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, he was in charge of comprehensive financial advising for clients.
Pool has also been involved in several community service efforts. For Peace Lutheran Church, Pool was the 25th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign Committee chair and a member of the church’s Stewardship Committee. He has volunteered with the OPAS Guild on the Silent Auction Committee and has served as both a junior and senior deacon for the Sul Ross Masonic Lodge.
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research. Its five components located in communities throughout Texas are Baylor College of Dentistry, the College of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and the School of Rural Public Health.

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