TU Advancement adds two new staff members
Thomas University‘s Office of Advancement recently welcomed two new employees. Shanna Derby is the new Special Events Coordinator. Joseph Edward Newborn is the new Director of Alumni and Foundations Relations.
“We’re very pleased to have Shanna and Joe join us,” said Rick Munroe, Vice President for Advancement. “Shanna’s experience with special events will be a great asset for TU. Both of them bring a great deal of expertise and will definitely be great additions to the TU family.”
Derby holds a bachelor’s degree Hospitality and Event Management from Florida State University. A native of Cairo and a graduate of Cairo High School, Derby has extensive experience in events planning for non-profit organizations.
“Helping make a difference in peoples’ lives, especially through education, is a shared goal of mine and Thomas University,” Derby said. “I knew TU needed someone to build successful donor relations while developing new and innovative fundraising activities and managing events. I have always had an eye and hand for creativity and what better way to use it through such a reputable institute!”
Newborn holds a bachelor’s degree with majors in Languages and Culture of Asia and Religious Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A native of Chicago, Newborn has previously served as a Student Ambassador/Assistant for the University of Wisconsin Foundation; Volunteer Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity-AmeriCorps in Charlotte County, Fla.; Special Education Teacher for Pathways Educational Program; and Programs and Events Director for Hands on Thomas County.
“I’ve always sought careers that affect positive social change; I see no better way to realize this goal than by working for a department that provides the financial assistance necessary for disadvantaged populations to receive an education at a globally recognized institution,” Newborn said.
He resides in Thomasville with his wife, Lara, and stepson Connor.