Murray State University has named Tina Bernot the new executive director of development. Bernot, hired after a national search, will lead the University’s Office of Development which facilitates all aspects of corporate, foundation and individual major and annual giving on behalf of the University.
Murray State University has named Tina Bernot the new executive director of development. Bernot, hired after a national search, will lead the University’s Office of Development which facilitates all aspects of corporate, foundation and individual major and annual giving on behalf of the University.
Murray State University has named Tina Bernot the new executive director of development. Bernot, hired after a national search, will lead the University’s Office of Development which facilitates all aspects of corporate, foundation and individual major and annual giving on behalf of the University.
“Tina’s proven experience securing private funds for key initiatives will provide great strength and support for our talented development team,” said Dr. Adrienne King, vice president of university advancement. “She brings an incredible amount of energy and knowledge to the position at a critical time as we prepare for the upcoming capital campaign.”
Bernot has more than 20 years of experience in planning, leading and executing development efforts. She has served Murray State University for eight years in various development roles, most recently as the interim executive director of development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Edgewood College in Wisconsin and a master’s degree in organizational communication from Murray State University.
“I am honored to lead the effort to develop the private support so critical to achieving our mission to serve the Commonwealth, our region and beyond. It is a great feeling to be able to serve my alma mater in this capacity,” said Bernot.

The University’s development staff focus on the solicitation of major and planned gifts as well as annual participation gifts through face-to-face visits, online giving and crowdfunding campaigns, direct mail, and RacerThon – employing current students who raise funds for University programs over the phone.  The combined effort of these development strategies has resulted in nearly 14,000 gifts during the current fiscal year.  Charitable gifts made for the benefit of Murray State University are coordinated through the Office of Development and managed by the MSU Foundation, Inc.

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