October 20, 2011

Thompson named to oversee VUMC development efforts

Thompson named to oversee VUMC development efforts

Mary Beth Thompson has been named associate vice chancellor for Vanderbilt University Medical Center Development.

Thompson will oversee development activities for all academic and clinical programs in the Medical Center.

Mary Beth Thompson

Mary Beth Thompson

Thompson has more than 20 years of experience in volunteer management and fundraising. She came to Vanderbilt in 2008 from Sacred Heart Health System in Florida to lead Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s regional development program. For the past two years, she has served as assistant vice chancellor of Development and Alumni Relations.

“Mary Beth is a gifted leader who has both a depth of knowledge about the philanthropic environment and a clear passion for the important work being done at VUMC,” said Susie Stalcup, vice chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations.

“Her leadership over the last 18 months has reinforced that she is the right person to lead the medical development team in its efforts to secure philanthropic resources to further our mission.”

In her new role Thompson will provide strategic leadership to the Medical Center’s development team.

In 2011, more than $58 million in philanthropic support was raised for Medical Center priorities including chairs, scholarships, research and facilities.

“Our donors are inspired by Vanderbilt,” said Thompson. “Many are so grateful for the experience they had, whether it was while they were students here, or for some it was an experience as a patient. That gratitude and passion inspires many people to give back in a way that enables great things to happen at the Medical Center.

“Philanthropic support is a cornerstone at Vanderbilt. I am so encouraged and moved by our donors – those who give at every level — because they are our partners. We are all working together to make a difference.”

Thompson will lead a team of nearly 70 members as they focus on institutional priorities for the Medical Center, including building endowment for students and faculty, programs and capital projects such as the expansion of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.