Voorhees hires new vice president for institutional advancement

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Voorhees hires new vice president for institutional advancement

November 17, 2015

Sonia King Gass recently joined the Voorhees College family as the new vice president for institutional advancement and to serve as the chief development officer.

As the new vice president, Gass’ responsibilities will be to oversee the department of communications, alumni relations, development, the campus radio station WVCD-790 AM and all advancement services.

“I am excited to be a part of Voorhees’ rich tradition of educating the next generation of leaders,” said Gass. “Institutional advancement and development plays a major role by generating funds so that deserving students are able to receive a quality education.”

Gass, a native of Barbados, West Indies, attended South Carolina State University on a full track and field scholarship, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in agribusiness.

She has more than 20 years of fundraising experience.  While the director of planned giving at Claflin University, she was  instrumental in securing annual and planned gifts valued of more than $200,00, and assisted with several scholarship galas that have raised more than $250,000.  She secured more than $150,000 in grants for Orangeburg County First Steps as the executive director and raised more than $100,000 from annual galas.  As the vice president of institutional advancement and chief development officer at Saint Augustine’s University, she was in the process of establishing a living trust in the amount $710,000 and $10,000 in endowed scholarships. 

She has held several other professional positions such as unit manager and human resources specialist for Gold Kist Inc., workforce consultant for the Department of Social Services and head soccer coach at South Carolina State University.

She held memberships in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, The Rotary Club of Orangeburg and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has served numerous boards including the Girl Scouts, Safe Kids, Orangeburg School District Five Foundation and Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors.

“Gass is very eager and has a lot of great ideas that will unify the Voorhees family, the community and friends through the gift of giving,” said President Cleveland L. Sellers Jr.  

For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or at mfreeman@voorhees.edu