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James Hogan, Development Officer

By Jayson Williams

James Hogan is a former English major at Western Carolina University currently working at Davidson College. Hogan says that being a term development officer "is a wonderful way of saying that my job is to identify, cultivate, and steward major donors to the college and solicit them for gifts." Hogan is the perfect example of a successful alumnus from WCU. Not only does he work in a field using he literary skills he honed at WCU, but these skills also give him the chance to explore the world and meet people from many social and economic backgrounds.

How the major helps

When asked about how being an English major from WCU prepared him to be a successful fundraiser, Hogan states, "The most important skill I learned at Western was how to stay curious." After graduating from WCU, he worked as a high school English teacher.  During his planning period, Hogan discovered the job opening as a development officer. The curiosity Hogan had in school helped him reseasrch and score his current job. And since he got the job, he has never looked back.

Writing is an crucial skill all students should have, Hogan stresses. In his line of work, writing is a skill that he had to master to become successful. Hogan meets with various donors and writes to alumni to solicit gifts to the College. Without his excellent writing skills, he would not be successful at his job. Just recently Hogan wrote a letter that resulted in a $60,000 gift to the college.

Hogan is a prime example for what WCU students hope to achieve after graduating. He is working in a professional field that lets him use his strengths.

These profiles were created by the Karen Greenstone's English 303 class (spring 2009)
and edited for the web by Mary Adams's English 303 class (summer 2009).

Students in Mary Adams's English 303 class (fall 2009) wrote additional profiles.