Josh Hawkins graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Studies (emphasis in Education). He is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program at WKU and is expected to graduate in December 2009. After spending three years as a student in the Phonathon program, Josh began his career in Institutional Advancement as an office associate in the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at WKU.
In July 2004, Josh was hired as the Director of Development for the College of Education at Auburn University. His responsibilities included prospect identification, cultivation, proposal and stewardship to foster gifts of $25,000 or more. This included not only prospect research, but working with the collegeâ€™s faculty, staff and alumni in researching and developing detailed giving opportunities within the college.
In August 2006, Josh returned to WKU as an Assistant Director in the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. While in that position, he was responsible for the Alumni Association Membership campaign, Faculty-Staff campaign, Presidentâ€™s Circle membership solicitation (gifts of $1000 or more) and seven alumni chapters throughout the region. During this time he also served as an adviser for the Alumni Leadership Scholar program.
In January 2008, Josh was hired as the Director of Development for Co-Curricular Activities at WKU. His responsibilities included the areas of Student Affairs, Campus Services, Honors College, DELO, Leadership Studies, University College and several others within the university.
In March 2009, Josh began serving as Director of Development for University Libraries and Student Affairs.