CADC Announces Melissa Foster Denney as Director of Development

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The College of Architecture, Design & Construction (CADC) is excited to introduce Melissa Denney in her new role as Director of Development. Denney has been working as a development officer for the past seven years and succeeds Dara Hosey, who recently retired.

Denney began working in CADC 18 years ago as an administrator for Auburn’s Rural Studio. In addition to her administrative duties, Denney began raising funds from her desk and found that she enjoyed the opportunity to promote Rural Studio. She eventually became a full-fledged development officer.

“I am delighted that Melissa will be serving in a leadership role in the CADC. She is smart, dedicated and thoughtful, and she is building off an established track record of successful fundraising in the CADC,” said Dean Vini Nathan. “Melissa gets us; she will play an impactful role in creating bigger, better and bolder futures for all of us in the college and at Auburn.”

Denney and her husband Tom, the director of the MRI Research Center at Auburn, are the parents of two grown children, both of whom are Auburn grads. Their older son Trey earned a degree in quantitative economics and currently works in banking software. He and his wife, Auburn alumnae Sara Martin Denney, live in Minneapolis. Younger son Foster is a proud graduate of CADC who works as an environmental graphic designer in Atlanta.

Denney is excited to lead the development team and share news about CADC with alumni and friends. “Our goal is to continue the good work that’s already being done,” she stated. “CADC has a profound impact upon the economy and quality of life in our community, state and region, and I’m very much looking forward to working closer with the school heads and faculty to meet their funding needs.” Denney says it’s not hard to promote a college she knows and loves. “All three of our schools are top nationally, and we have stellar faculty. Our students are the best in their field and our alumni love us. This is a wonderful opportunity.”

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Melissa Foster Denney
Director of Development

221 Dudley Hall
Auburn, AL
(334) 844-5436

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