Shams Khan, who has been named assistant dean for development, has amassed a considerable track record in fundraising, alumni relations and relationship building. A three-time graduate of Western Michigan University, Khan spent seven years at his alma mater working in a variety of roles including associate vice president for engagement. During his tenure he oversaw development and alumni relations for the College of Engineering and Applied Science as well as the Colleges of Aviation and Education and Human Development.
Most recently Khan served as head of major gifts, donor relations and stewardship at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California. He developed the strategy and implementation of the College’s major gifts program, which saw gifts from new and existing donors nearly double.
At WVU, Khan, who calls the job “a very strong fit” for his skill set, will manage a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects, supervise all development office staff and create and implement a comprehensive development plan and a donor relations and stewardship plan for the College.
“I am excited to join the team in the Statler College,” Khan said. “I look forward to working with the alumni and the broader WVU family to help provide the resources that will take the College, the faculty and most important of all, the students, to the next level. My family and I are looking forward to joining the WVU community.”