Alan Medders, Ph.D.
Alan G. Medders, Ph.D. is President of Myers McRae. Having worked in private and public higher education, he brought more than 25 years of leadership and administrative experience to this executive position.
He has had a successful career in higher education, especially in the areas of advancement and foundation administration, including fundraising, planned giving, marketing, communication, and fiduciary and asset management. Throughout his higher education and foundation career, he has helped secure more than $250 million in private gifts, foundation grants and state and federal grants and allocations.
Dr. Medders’ insights and understanding of the demands placed on academic and administrative leaders and the complexities of higher education institutions allow him to guide and counsel committees throughout the search process. During his professional career, he has served on and chaired numerous search committees for coaches, athletic directors, faculty, development and foundation personnel, academic and division directors, deans, vice presidents, and provosts.
Before joining Myers McRae, Dr. Medders served at Columbus State University, in Georgia, as Vice President for University Advancement & Executive Director of the CSU Foundation. During his tenure at CSU, annual fundraising grew from $5 million to over $33.5 million, including the CSU (Annual) Fund growing from $2.9 million to $6.5 million. He led the institution in planning and launching a $100 million comprehensive campaign, of which over $75 million had been secured, and endowment assets grew from $35 million to more than $50 million.
Before joining Columbus State University, he served as Vice President for University Advancement at the University of North Alabama and Executive Director of the UNA Foundation. He previously was the Vice President of Development at Campbellsville University in Kentucky.
Since joining the firm as President in February of this year, Dr. Medders has conducted executive searches for public and private institutions including, Albany State University (Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs), Augusta University (Director of Admissions, Cybersecurity faculty), Baylor University (Graduate Programs Director, Louise Herrington School of Nursing), Columbus State University (Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director the CSU Foundation; Director of the School of Nursing), Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (Executive Director), Fort Valley State University (Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Business and Finance), Gannon University (Vice President for University Advancement), Middle Georgia State University (Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs), University of North Georgia (Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs), University of South Carolina (Director of Development Darla Moore School of Business), University of West Florida (Associate Vice President for Advancement, Western Governors University (Vice President for Academic Advancement), Young Harris College (Vice President for Advancement), and others.
Dr. Medders holds a bachelor’s degree from Samford University in Alabama. He also has earned a master’s, and two doctoral degrees. His Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration is from the University of Tennessee.