President of the McNeill Group, a fundraising and higher-education management consulting firm in South Carolina, McNeill has nearly 30 years of experience leading development initiatives at other large institutions, including 25 at land-grant universities.
“Jeffrey McNeill’s prior experience with land grant institutions makes him an ideal choice for this position,” said Gogue. “He has dealt with many models of fundraising, has extensive foundation experience and has been involved with four campaigns, all of which will be vital to Auburn in the coming years.”
McNeill holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Gardner-Webb University and a master’s degree in forest and resource management from Clemson University.
McNeill was a manager in Clemson’s first capital campaign and led the development office to win the U.S. Steel Award for sustained giving in a national competition. At North Carolina State University, McNeill helped grow the university’s endowment by $136 million, moving it into the top 25 public universities for endowment market value, and led a campaign focused on student scholarships to a successful conclusion. At the University of Alabama, McNeill established several giving societies and set a record in overall giving to the university.
McNeill is a member of the Center for Advancement and Support of Education and the National Association for Fundraising Executives. He is also involved with numerous civic organizations and is the recipient of several distinguished awards and honors including the Gardner-Webb University Distinguished Alumni Award.
“I am excited to be joining the Auburn team and returning to higher-education development. Land-grant institutions exist to give back to their communities, which falls in line with my own values,” McNeill said. “I look forward to getting to know the Auburn family.”
Bob McGinnis, the current vice president for development and president of the Auburn University Foundation since October 2002, is retiring, but will continue to support the university by working as senior counsel to the president.
“Dr. McGinnis has been an asset to Auburn University during a critical time in its history,” Gogue said. “He led Auburn through its largest fundraising campaign ever, increased annual gifts from $60 million to $131 million and helped prioritize the importance of endowments to the university.”
McNeill and his wife, Teresa, a high-school teacher, have three sons, Case (24), Burns (22) and Griffin (17).