Estes Named Vice President for University Advancement

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The University of West Georgia has named Dr. Bill Estes as its vice president for university advancement. Estes comes to UWG from the Texas A&M Foundation, where he served for nearly 22 years as regional director of major gifts and helped lead two major capital campaigns for the university.

Estes has spent 26 years in university development and alumni relations and 14 years in intercollegiate athletics, having worked for a number of institutions including Wayland Baptist University, Dallas Baptist University, North Texas State University, Grand Canyon University and Belmont College.  He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from North Texas State and doctoral degrees from Vanderbilt University.

"I am delighted to have, on the UWG team, a person of Dr. Bill Estes' caliber, and breadth and depth of experience," said UWG President Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna. "I wish him every success at UWG."

Estes said leading UWG's Division of University Advancement, which includes development, alumni relations and athletics, presents a unique combination of responsibilities.

"I saw this role at UWG as a perfect fit for my background and work experience in development and athletics, and I'm thrilled to accept this great opportunity," Estes said. "I look forward to helping an institution that wants to move forward. Its recent growth has been impressive and its vision for the future looks even brighter."

Estes begins work April 2.