Dr. LaTanya Afolayan joined the Lamar University Advancement Team as Associate Vice President on January 4, 2016. She began her career in university advancement in 1996 at Emory University (GA). In 2002, she moved to North Carolina to serve as the first director of major and planned gifts at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU). Over the course of seven years at ECSU, Afolayan was promoted to Associate Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor. In 2009, she was named the Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement at North Carolina Central University in Durham.
Afolayan joined the university advancement team at Appalachian State University in 2011 during the Campaign for Appalachian, which resulted in $203 million in commitments for academics, the arts, and athletics. Afolayan’s areas of expertise are major and planned gifts. According to Afolayan, “The most gratifying aspect of my work is helping the donor to create a lasting legacy. Development officers must remain focused and vigilant as they develop enduring, lasting relationships with their constituents.”
Afolayan received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University, a master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a doctorate degree from East Carolina University. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).