Jennifer Yancey, Victoria College's vice president of college advancement and external affairs, has accepted a position with the Houston Area Women's Center.
After serving Victoria College in various leadership roles for nearly 20 years, Jennifer Yancey, vice president of college advancement and external affairs, recently announced she has accepted a position as the chief development officer for the Houston Area Women’s Center.
Yancey was hired as VC’s director of development in 2000. She became the executive director of institutional advancement in 2002 while also serving as the executive assistant to then-president Jimmy Goodson.
Since being named vice president of college advancement and external affairs in 2008, Yancey has overseen advancement, grant management, cultural affairs, marketing, workforce and continuing education, and allied health continuing education at Victoria College.
“Jennifer has been instrumental in advancing the college in so many ways,” said VC President David Hinds. “Many areas of the college have flourished under her leadership, and she has represented VC impeccably at so many public events over the years.”
In her role as vice president, Yancey has also provided counsel and administrative support to VC's elected Board of Trustees and served as the principal contact for external relations with local, state and national governmental agencies and legislative bodies.
“The Board is grateful for Jennifer’s long-standing commitment towards advancing VC’s mission,” said V. Bland Proctor, chair of Victoria College’s Board of Trustees. “We will miss her tireless energy and we wish her all of the best.”
State Rep. Geanie Morrison said Yancey has been an invaluable asset to Victoria College.
“Under her leadership, Victoria College built the Emerging Technology Complex, a facility that brings the best of business and industry together to give students a first-class education,” said Morrison. “She made a lasting impression on lives of countless young men and women who are now making a difference in our community.”
Yancey said she is excited about her new career opportunity at the Houston Area Women’s Center, a nonprofit organization founded in 1977 that offers free services to help survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
“I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to work with exceptional colleagues, students, alumni, boards and industry partners over the past two decades,” Yancey said. “I’m honored to have been a part of the many great things happening at Victoria College and in the community, but I’m equally excited about beginning a new adventure helping those affected by domestic and sexual violence.”
Yancey obtained her Associate of Science degree from VC in 1995 and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston-Victoria in 1998 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. In 2008, she earned a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in communications and nonprofit leadership. Yancey was honored with the UHV Alumni of the Year award in 2015.
Prior to joining the staff at VC in 2000, she held several positions at First Victoria National Bank, now Prosperity Bank, including her last position as vice president of retail banking and branch management.
Yancey has served in various capacities for numerous charitable and civic organizations. She is a former board chair of the Victoria County United Way, Victoria YMCA and Victoria Chamber of Commerce and has served as a board member of the Golden Crescent Workforce Development Board, the Victoria Rotary Club, the VC Foundation, the Victoria Police Foundation, the Museum of the Coastal Bend Advisory Board, and the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts Advisory Board.
The community is invited to a reception honoring Yancey from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at VC’s Museum of the Coastal Bend.