SC State names chief advancement officer

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

SC State president Thomas J. Elzey has named Sunya L. Young as the university’s new vice president for institutional advancement. 

Sunya L. Young

Sunya L. Young
In her role, Young serves as the chief advancement officer for SC State and is primarily responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising and development plan that increases alumni giving and expands the university’s donor base through the identification and cultivation of prospective corporate, foundation, major and planned gift donors. Young also heads Alumni Relations, and she is the executive director of the SC State University Foundation as well as the university’s liaison with the SC State Board of Visitors.


Young has extensive experience in fundraising and development, public relations, communications, outreach and advocacy and event planning.  She is a staunch advocate for higher education and has used her influence to develop opportunities that provide access to quality education to underserved communities.

She was formerly the director of development for the South Carolina Higher Education Foundation, where she was responsible for fundraising, promoting programs designed to increase the percentage of educated adults in South Carolina and organizing large annual events such as the S.C. Governor’s Professors of the Year and the S.C. Higher Education Hall of Fame. She has served as the director of development and community relations for the S.C. region of College Summit, a national non-profit organization that helps high schools increase their graduation and  college enrollment rates by creating a college-going culture for low-income, mostly minority students.  She also held development positions at Claflin University, including director of corporate and foundation relations and director of development and planned giving. While there,  she worked as part of a team that secured a $1 million capacity building grant from the Kresge Foundation. Young also formerly served as public affairs manager at Time Warner Cable, where she was responsible for public relations, communications and outreach, corporate sponsorships, charitable giving and special events.

Young earned certification in fundraising management from the Indiana University Fundraising School, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She has a Master of Arts in business management from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science in political science from Temple University.