Brian Shupe took over as executive director of development in the Tickle College of Engineering at the start of April, following the retirement of longtime executive director Dorothy Bryson.
In his new role, Shupe will serve as a major gifts officer for the college and oversee its development and fundraising efforts.
“Brian will continue to grow the phenomenal support that we have been building for the last few years,” said Wayne Davis, dean of the college. “He is someone familiar to our faculty, staff, board of advisors, and alumni and should be able to hit the ground running.”
His duties include managing and coaching development officers and assistants, implementing fundraising activities and strategies, directing the college’s strategic plan in collaboration with the dean and ensuring goals and objectives are met.
Prior to the promotion, Shupe was senior director of development for two years and director of development for six and a half years at the University of Tennessee.
“I’m honored to have been chosen for this position and look forward to helping our college in its upward trajectory,” said Shupe. “We have a lot of phenomenal resources, faculty and research here at UT, and a lot of that comes directly back to the support given by our alumni.”
He previously served as an account executive for The Vol Network.
Shupe holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville along with a paralegal certification.
He and his wife, Bronwyn, have a 14-year-old son, Hunter.