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October 17, 2008

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UT Tyler's Larry Wickham Earns Planned Giving Certification

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Larry E. Wickham, director of gift planning at The University of Texas at Tyler, has completed the curriculum to be a certified specialist in planned giving, Jerre Iversen, UT Tyler vice president for university advancement, announced.

“Larry is the first person in East Texas to achieve CSPG, and only one of nine in Texas. We believe that his certification can only enhance his ability to help our donors”, said Iversen.


Wickham, a certified fund raising executive since 2004, attended a multi-module curriculum in gift planning developed by the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies at California State University Long Beach Foundation.

 
The courses featured nationally-recognized faculty known for their expertise in planned giving and related disciplines. The curriculum covered the syllabus recommended by the National Committee on Planned Giving and provided in-depth coverage and treatment of pertinent topics and practical applications in the planned giving field.

A member of the UT Tyler staff since 2007, Wickham’s duties include developing the planned giving program, which offers opportunities for current and potential donors to give gifts through their estates and by gift arrangements that may provide tax and income benefits to donors. He also develops and maintains relationships with current donors and new donor prospects.


Wickham holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.  He is a member of the National Committee on Planned Giving and serves as president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Dallas Chapter.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

 

 
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