Development & External Relations

Blake B. Rickman

Blake B. Rickman

Senior Director of Development & External Relations, Fulbright College

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences

Phone: 479-575-4272

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The Director of Development and External Relations is responsible for the strategic and long-term planning and implementation of the Fulbright College development program. This role also oversees management of college and regional committees, as well as the cultivation of major, planned, corporate and foundation gifts of more than $10,000. The director serves as the lead development liaison to the college’s 19 science, arts and humanities departments, as well as to the 26 research centers, institutes and academic programs in the college.

This role provides strategic support to the Dean of Fulbright College for all fundraising and alumni initiatives, and acts as the primary contact to University Advancement. Additionally, this position provides oversight and supervision for the Office of Development and External Relations, which includes all development, communications, web, design, scholarship administration and employer relations activities in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.