Jason Penry

Jason Penry

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“Jason Penry is an outstanding professional; he was one of the best and brightest in the Texas Tech University System.”

texas techDr. Kent Hance,
(former) Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System

Professional Profile

Dr. Jason Penry is the holder of the James Aston University Chair for Institutional Advancement at Texas A&M University. He has been with Texas A&M since 2019, initially overseeing development operations. Previously, he served as vice chancellor of advancement at the Arkansas State University for over six years. Before he was appointed vice chancellor in 2013, he served as university chief of staff for a year. Starting in that role, he spearheaded a collaborative effort to start the first in Arkansas in over 100 years. The medical school opened in August 2016 for its inaugural class of 115 students.

During his tenure at Arkansas State, the university achieved six of the seven greatest giving years in the institution’s 110-year history. Further, A-State secured 77 of the top 150 largest gifts ever received. Team accomplishments also include the recording of the best alumni giving rate in the university’s history, which was also best among its conference peer group.

Before joining Arkansas State, Penry served in development roles with Texas A&M University, Oklahoma State University and then within the Texas Tech University System. With each role, he was part of successful $1 billion capital campaigns. Prior to the Texas Tech University System, Penry led the official fundraising arm of Oklahoma State University Athletics. As its executive director, he led the POSSE to the largest annual increase in the organization’s 45-year history and largest among Big 12 Conference peers. He started his career in higher education advancement at the 12th Man Foundation at Texas A&M University as development officer for major gifts.

Penry holds his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Texas A&M University. He earned a master’s degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and a bachelor’s degree from LSU-Shreveport, where he served as student body president and was a letterman on the baseball team. He was chair of the board (2019-2020) for the College Baseball Foundation, which governs the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.


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