Alumnus leads SU System development, Foundation - 11/11/2013 -
Southern University System, November 1, 2013, welcomed New Orleans
native and Southern University alumnus Alfred E. "Al" Harrell III as
director of development and executive director of the SU System
Harrell began his career in non-profit
administration in 1993 while a student at Southern. He was selected by
the Boy Scouts of America to participate in their National Intern
Fellowship Program. His 20-year career with Boy Scouts of America
evolved from the intern/fellow position to chief operating officer,
serving in four corporate offices including Baton Rouge, New Orleans,
Richmond, Virginia, and Tampa, Florida.
"Al is a very
accomplished and skilled development professional, and we are excited to
have him join the Southern University team," said SU System President
Ronald Mason Jr.
Harrell, who received his bachelor's degree
from Southern University Baton Rouge in 1995, was previously executive
director for institutional advancement at his high school alma mater,
St. Augustine High School, where their team of advancement staff and
volunteers worked together to increase unrestricted and restricted cash
revenue by 153 percent over a nine-month period.
"As a Southern
graduate, he is extremely passionate about the institution, and he is
looking forward to building the relationships that are critical for the
advancement of the University. I have every confidence that he will do
an outstanding job with taking the System's fundraising efforts to the
next level." Mason added.
The SU System director of development
will design and implement comprehensive fund development plans to
generate support for University-wide priorities as well as assist the
In addition to his executive level
experience, Harrell has a master's of divinity from Virginia Union
University, and is a U.S. Marine, serving from 1991-1997. He is a board
member of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, the Virginia
Interfaith Center for Public Policy, and the Richmond Virginia
Scholarship Endowment Fund; a Judge Revius Ortique Leadership Institute
fellow; and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.
wife (Anita Anderson-Harrell '97) and I are really excited about the
opportunity to come back home and reunite with our friends and family at
Southern," said Harrell. "I'm profoundly grateful for the opportunity
to serve my alma mater and look forward to being a part of the team that
will greatly advance our fundraising efforts, impacting generations of
future Southernites-- Go Jags."