Marla Fisher, a seasoned professional in fundraising and development, has been named director of development at Mississippi University for Women.

Marla Fisher

“Marla came to The W five years ago, and with her dedication to the university, she has progressively advanced our fundraising initiatives. She brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role as she leads the development team in securing private dollars to support the mission of the university,” said Andrea Stevens, director of Development & Alumni Relations.

Fisher brings more than a decade of experience in development and alumni relations from a diverse array of institutions, including The W, The College of New Jersey and Mississippi State University.

As director of development, she will develop, organize, implement and evaluate all fundraising plans for the university. Additionally, Fisher will secure major gifts, increase funds for annual and endowed scholarships and collaborate with the campus community to support the university’s mission and goals.

“Over the past five years, I have truly enjoyed working with W alumni, students, faculty and staff.  I look forward to continuing those relationships while building new ones with alumni and university supporters, together cultivating a community dedicated to supporting The W’s tradition of excellence for generations to come,” said Fisher.

Since 2018, Fisher has served as associate director of development for the Office of Development and Alumni at The W. She played a pivotal role in planning, developing and implementing the annual giving program, utilizing various communication channels to engage with alumni, students, faculty and staff. Fisher oversaw the telephone solicitation program, managed fundraising software and worked closely with campus partners to further the university’s mission.

Before her tenure at The W, Fisher held various roles at organizations, such as Association Associates, Inc., gaining valuable experience in managing projects, coordinating special events and engaging with donors and stakeholders.

She is an active member of the Boy Scouts of America, Junior Auxiliary of Columbus and previously served as board member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Golden Triangle. Fisher has served as a Key Spouse mentor as part of the official Air Force – wide program and as liaison to the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Annual Spring Pilgrimage.

Fisher holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Mississippi State University.

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.

Be Bold. Tower with Blue.