UTHSC on fund-raising fast track
New development team in place at Health Science Center
A new development trio places the Health Science Center on the fast track to fund raising: Ray Dent, Nancy Dent and Carol Swartz are the new directors of development for the Dental School, School of Medicine and School of Nursing, respectively.
Ray Dent is the newest member of the team. Dent is a former Air Force pilot turned businessman, with extensive development experience he gained at New Mexico State University. There, he served as director of corporate relations, leading the university's first capital campaign. Dent coordinated local and national projects, netting more than $20 million for the institution in three years.
Although he has been at the Health Science Center for only a short time, he already has plans to take the Dental School fund-raising program in a new direction.
"Some institutions just concentrate on one type of giving," Dent said. "What I see is a well-rounded program where we develop annual giving and alumni giving, and where we target foundations, corporations and major gifts. Initially, we will concentrate on the areas where we will have the highest amounts of short-term success."
Dent is a graduate of Southern Methodist University. That is where he met and married his wife, Nancy.
Nancy Dent brings more than 15 years of development experience to the School of Medicine. Dent's current projects include a multi-million-dollar capital initiative for the future Pan American Academic Eye Center, and a fund-raising project for Dr. Javier Kane's ACT, or Advanced Care Team for children program. She also is developing an advisory board for the School of Medicine.
Dent began her fund-raising career at New Mexico State University, where she worked as director of special projects for the university's foundation. She later moved to El Paso Community College, where she served as its first executive director. She also has done private fund-raising consulting for numerous organizations, is a published author and an accomplished public speaker.
"The School of Medicine is a new arena I find very appealing," Dent said. "The principles and practices of philanthropic fund raising are universal, and it's very fulfilling to know my work can impact people's lives."
Dent received her undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and her master's degree from New Mexico State University, and is a Ph.D. candidate in higher education administration at New Mexico State.
Veteran nurse Carol Swartz will lead the School of Nursing to new financial growth. Swartz is a 28-year nursing veteran. She received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the UTHSC School of Nursing.
"The shortage of nurses and nursing school faculty is very real to me," she said. "Our school needs resources and maybe I can make a difference."
Swartz is working with the School of Nursing Advisory Council to implement a new fund-raising effort called "Friends of the School of Nursing." The program's purpose is to increase public awareness of the critical nurse and faculty shortage and to raise money for student financial and educational support. It is the first time the School of Nursing is reaching out to the community for support.
Before joining the development team, Swartz worked as a part-time faculty member at the Health Science Center.