University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations


December 2, 2004
Contact: Jennifer Ekman at (251) 460-6360

USA Development Team Plans For Future Growth

The University of South Alabama Office of Development has undergone a reorganization, positioning it for future growth.

Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Dr. Joseph Busta said the new division between campus and medical affairs development will help both sides of the University flourish through better staffing and more attention to the individual needs of the colleges, schools and hospitals.

Busta said he is proud of his development staff and their experience.

"With these professionals in place, joined by existing staff, we should be able to move our development programs significantly forward in the near future for the benefit of our students, faculty and physicians," he said.

Jim Rainey was selected earlier this year to be the director of development for medical affairs at USA. In this position, Rainey is responsible for fundraising for the College of Medicine, Knollwood Hospital, the USA Medical Center, and USA's newest medical initiative, the Cancer Research Institute.

Previously he served as executive director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Federation of Fly Fishers. He also was a major gifts officer for the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Rainey retired from the United States Army in 1994. During his 25-year military career, he was an intelligence officer and taught military history at West Point. He received a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in history from Temple University.

Ginny Turner has been promoted to the newly created position of director of university development. In this role, she is responsible for development for the colleges, schools, libraries and other academic units across USA's campuses. An 18-year veteran of USA, Turner has served as associate director of development since 1990. From 1986 to 1990, she worked as associate director of development at Children's and Women's Hospital, where her work included coordinating the Children's Miracle Network Telethon.

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Turner's degree is in public relations, with an English minor.

Tracy Coleman has been promoted to associate director of development for Medical Affairs. She joined USA in 2002 as development specialist at Children's and Women's Hospital. A USA alumna, she previously worked as membership director for the Girls Scouts of the Deep South Council. In her new role, Coleman will assist and focus on Medical Affairs Annual Giving programs for the College of Medicine, Knollwood Hospital, the USA Medical Center, and USA's newest medical initiative, the Cancer Research Institute.

Abbie McCullough, who joined the development team in 2003 as coordinator of advancement services, has been promoted to assistant director of development for University Annual Giving programs. Before coming to USA, McCullough served as marketing coordinator for TeleVox Software and a sales representative for DigiDyne Inc.

McCullough graduated from Auburn University in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in communications, and concentrations in business and psychology. While at Auburn, she was selected to serve as a charter member of the Student Alumni Board, which launched the Auburn University Student Alumni Association.

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