Farmer named VP for development

By Rachel Skei Donihoo 

April 2010

Dr. Randy Farmer has been named vice president for development at UT Southwestern, with overall responsibility for planning, growing, staffing and executing the medical center’s fundraising programs, particularly in areas such as annual and planned giving and corporate and foundation gifts.

Dr. Randy Farmer

Since 2006 Dr. Farmer served as the executive associate vice chancellor for medical development and alumni relations at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. For 18 years prior to that, he was associate vice chancellor and director of medical alumni and development at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis.

“Randy is bringing a wealth of experience to this institution, and we are delighted that he is joining us,” said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, president of UT Southwestern. “He also will work in partnership with Southwestern Medical Foundation and St. Paul Medical Foundation, as well as with other volunteers, faculty and senior leaders, to address resource needs that will enable
UT Southwestern to achieve the vision we have set for our future.”

He will report directly to Dr. Podolsky and will work closely with Cyndi Bassel, vice president for external relations; Tim Doke, vice president for communications, marketing and public affairs; and Ruben Esquivel, vice president for community and corporate relations, in creating and carrying out a comprehensive strategy and plan for institutional advancement.

Ms. Bassel said, “I am looking forward to partnering with Randy on the medical center’s efforts to enhance fundraising activities over the next decades. ”

Dr. Farmer earned a doctorate in higher education from Indiana University in 1975 and held a postdoctoral internship through the Lilly Endowment with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. He received a master’s degree in higher education from Ball State University after attending Southeast Missouri State University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Dr. Farmer, who grew up in Cape Girardeau, Mo., began serving at UT Southwestern on April 1.