Penny Hawkins has been named interim associate vice chancellor for development at UNC Charlotte. In this role, she will provide strategic vision to oversee the University’s fundraising function. Hawkins began her duties July 15, succeeding Beth Crigler, who was appointed interim vice chancellor for university advancement.
Hawkins joined the University in 2021 as senior director of development — strategic and planning and gifts. She played an integral role in the University’s best fundraising year in history and laid the foundation for a future comprehensive campaign. For FY22, the University raised more than $74.5 million, 96% increase over the previous year.
“Over the last year, Penny has built relationships across the University and community to advance the work of UNC Charlotte,” said Beth Crigler. “I am confident that her energy and experience will enable her to continue to make a significant impact on our fundraising efforts.”
Prior to joining the University, Hawkins was a senior consultant for PMA Nonprofit Leadership where she worked closely with dozens of organizations in every nonprofit sector. Her past experience also includes all aspects of fund development, capital campaign planning and execution, board and leadership volunteer management and major and principal gift work with Novant Health, KinderMourn and the Council for Children’s Rights.
“As a native Charlottean, I am excited by the opportunity to support this great University and to further the incredible work by the University development team. This is a transformational time for UNC Charlotte that not only impacts our students, alumni, faculty and staff, but the community, region and beyond,” Hawkins said.
Hawkins is a certified fundraising executive and graduate of UNC Chapel Hill. She is a local and national leader of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has been honored as a recipient of the 50 Most Influential Women Award from The Mecklenburg Times.