Interim Vice Chancellor
Scotty W. Cooksey, CFRE, is interim vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement and interim chief operating officer of the Texas Tech Foundation.
Responsible for all fundraising initiatives of the Texas Tech University System, which has an endowment of more than $880 million, Cooksey oversees the development activities of the system’s four institutions: Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso and Angelo State University.
Previously, Cooksey served as associate vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement and managed development operations for the Texas Tech University System and Texas Tech University as well as gift planning and corporation and foundation relations. During this time the Texas Tech University System surpassed it’s billion-dollar goal for Vision & Tradition: The Campaign for Texas Tech, it’s largest fundraising initiative to date.
Cooksey joined Texas Tech in 1997 as director of development and external relations for the Texas Tech University College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Prior to that he was director of development for a large non-profit organization in Atlanta with extensive experience in sales and retail.
In 2012, Cooksey’s fundraising accomplishments were recognized with the Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award from the Lubbock Association of Fundraising Professionals. He has also received the Founders Distinguished Service Award from the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association and the Institutional Advancement Excellence Award from the Texas Tech University System.
Actively involved in the community, Cooksey has served as board president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association, Professional Ag Workers of Texas, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Southwest. He has also served as a board member of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and National Cowboy Symposium, as well as other local, state and national organizations.
Cooksey received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Texas Tech University. He maintains his designation as a Certified Fund Raising Executive, the only internationally recognized professional credential for philanthropic fundraising executives.