Tim Walsh (BPA 83, MEd 91), executive director of the Ole Miss Alumni Association, is retiring from the University of Mississippi after working with the alumni association for almost 25 years.
He has accepted a position as assistant vice president for alumni affairs at the University of Florida. Effective March 2, he will serve in a leadership capacity reporting to the executive director, with responsibility for managing operations.
Walsh, 53, is a Memphis native who worked briefly for a family business after graduating, but soon returned to the university.
He started in Alumni Affairs working with the alumni club program under longtime executive director Herb Dewees (BA 65, JD 68), whom Walsh credits as his mentor in learning the business of managing an alumni association. Walsh became executive director in 2008.
“It is with mixed emotions that we wish Tim the very best in his new role at the University of Florida,” UM Chancellor Dan Jones (MD 75) said. “We are proud of every alumnus whose accomplishments lead to recognition as one of the best in his field, but we are at the same time sad to see one of our accomplished leaders move on.”
The Ole Miss Alumni Association includes nearly 27,000 dues-paying members and 70 functioning alumni clubs.
“With Tim’s leadership, our association grew to a record number of dues-paying members, became one of the top two in the SEC in alumni per capita giving and established a strong relationship with our alumni,” Jones said. “He earned the trust and confidence of our volunteer leaders and university leadership.”
Walsh said he is particularly proud of the alumni association’s growth, recalling, “We thought it was an ambitious goal to even get past the 20,000-member mark.”
“Tim has been a very valued member of the Ole Miss family,” said Ole Miss Alumni Association Past President Jimmy Brown (BBA 70). “He will be recognized as one of the great leaders of the alumni association and while he will be missed, we will all be happy that he has started a new chapter in his life at Florida.”
The addition of a dozen new clubs across the country, enhanced alumni communication through an expanded magazine and social media, the opening of the $21.5 million Inn at Ole Miss, retirement of the Inn’s $400,000 bond debt four years early, the restoration and expansion of the Triplett Alumni Center, and the many colleagues and alumni who have become close friends are among the many special memories of his time here, Walsh said.
“Tim had a keen eye on each aspect of the alumni association,” said Ole Miss Alumni Association President Trentice Imbler (BS 78). “He will be greatly missed.”
Jones will name a search committee this month to seek a new executive director.