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October 16, 2013

Texas State Aquarium Announces New Vice President of Development

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Texas State Aquarium is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul “Rocky” Kettering, EdD, CFRE to Vice President of Development. Kettering came to the Aquarium from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, as the Vice President of Advancement. Prior to his post at St. Mary’s, Kettering served as Vice President of Advancement at Our Lady of the Lake University, Associate Executive Director at the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, and Director of Institutional Advancement at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School.
Kettering received his Bachelor of Science in English & Journalism Education from Louisiana State University, and completed his Master of Arts in Philanthropy & Development at Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota. Then in 2009, he completed his Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
"I'm so pleased that Rocky has joined our team as one of our newest Vice Presidents,” says Texas State Aquarium President and CEO, Tom Schmid. “Rocky has an impressive track record of successful fundraising; however, I'm equally impressed with his training in organizational leadership and development. As the Aquarium prepares for a major growth phase, Rocky is just the right person we need to lead our development program."
With his extensive work experience organizing over 100 fundraising and stewardship campaigns and higher education, Kettering has created his own development philosophy: “Building a culture of philanthropy is a process, not a product. If the process is mission-based, data-driven, and donor-centered, the product will follow with repetition and sustainability.


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