Mississippi University for Women has selected Cathryn Vaughn Borer as director of alumni relations and donor engagement.

Cathryn Vaughn Borer

“As a W alum, this job opportunity is honestly a dream come true. I have so much pride and respect for this institution, and I can’t wait to help other alumni celebrate their W pride across the southeast,” said Borer.

In her new role, Borer will organize and direct alumni functions, oversee alumni board committees and foster relationships with alumni and donors.

“We are thrilled that Cathryn has accepted the director of alumni relations and donor engagement position. With her enthusiasm and love for The W, along with her energy and experience, she will excel in providing leadership for the alumni relations program that complements and supports the mission of the university while also assisting the association’s board of directors in strengthening the university’s ties with alumni,” said Andrea Stevens, executive director of Development & Alumni Relations.

Prior to joining The W, Borer served as director of the Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce since April 2022. Her responsibilities at the chamber included finding and nurturing volunteers, chairing committees, planning events, and bringing in new members. Under Borer’s leadership, the chamber maintained an 87% retention rate and added 113 new members.

During her tenure, she oversaw five committees (Education, Military Affairs, Lowndes Young Leaders, Columbus Young Professionals and Chamber Ambassadors) and the CLCC Board totaling 150 volunteers from approximately 500 chamber members and businesses.

Apart from her chamber responsibilities, Borer held memberships in several organizations including the Main Street Board, Excel by 5, Base Community Council, Rotary Club of Columbus and The W’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences Advisory Council.

Borer holds a Master of Education and two Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from Mississippi University for Women.

About The W

Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

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