Rickey N. McCurry
Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs and Programs; President and CEO of the UT Foundation, Inc.
Rickey McCurry became vice president for development and alumni affairs and programs in May 2015. He also serves as president and CEO of the UT Foundation, Inc., the University’s interdependent, not-for-profit fundraising organization. He is responsible for providing leadership, planning, coordination and management of development and alumni affairs programs for the entire multi-campus University system.
McCurry came to UT after serving as vice president for institutional advancement for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, since 2011. From 2000 to 2011, he was vice chancellor for institutional advancement at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and chief executive officer of the Southern Illinois University Foundation.
From 1993 to 2000, McCurry was associate vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs at UT Knoxville. During that time, he served for three years as campaign director for the 21st Century Campaign and was acting vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs from 1997 to 1998.
His 30-year career also includes senior-level development, alumni relations and advancement positions at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Pennsylvania State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee.
McCurry earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Lane College and a law degree from North Carolina Central University.
Rickey and his wife, Sandra, reside in Knoxville and have two sons and a daughter.