Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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Spring 2004 Newsletter

Development's New Leader


Jeff Melton. 2004.

The Ransom Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Melton to the position of Associate Director for Development.

A native Texan, Jeff was born and raised in Odessa. He graduated from Texas Christian University in 1988 with a B.B.A. in marketing and later received a Masters degree in higher education administration from Texas Tech University. He began his development career at Odessa College overseeing the development office. In 1998, Jeff took over at Texas Tech University as a regional development officer, during which time the university launched the Horizon Campaign, which raised $700 million after setting an original goal of $500 million. During his two years at Texas Tech, Jeff raised more than $20 million for the campaign. Jeff joined the development staff at the College of Engineering at The University of Texas in 2000, where he oversaw individual gifting, annual giving, and alumni relations for the College. He and wife Becky have one son, John, who is twenty months old.

Jeff is looking forward to the opportunity of managing development operations at the Center. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to oversee the development office for one of the world's premier humanities research centers. I hope that my work will help the Center add to its rich collections."

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