Kimbell to Lead Alumni Association

June 22, 2000

There's a new name in town at the Baylor Alumni Association. But Mark E. Kimbell is no stranger to Waco or Baylor University.

Kimbell - approved by the association's board of directors May 6 to succeed retiring executive director Ray Burchette - is a 1983 graduate and a previous employee of Baylor.

"It's a privilege to serve Baylor," Kimbell said. "It's always a great thing to be able to work at your alma mater, but it's even better to come back again."

Kimbell served as president of the Children's Memorial Foundation in Chicago since 1994. In 1998, he also became chief corporate officer of the Children's Memorial Medical Center. He maintained both offices until becoming executive director of the alumni association.

Before joining Children's Memorial, Kimbell worked in the area of development for three Texas universities. From 1983-88, he worked for Baylor, holding three different positions over a five-year period - area director, development officer for west Harris county; special programs officer; and assistant development officer.

From 1988-91, he worked in development for the University of Houston System, then served as the chief development officer for Rice University from 1991-94.

Kimbell earned his B.B.A. from Baylor in 1983, and his M.B.A. from the University of Houston in 1992.

He is active in various professional groups, including the National Association of Children's Hospitals & Related Institutions, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, National Society of Fund Raising Executives, and Association for Healthcare Professionals. He currently serves on the board of trustees for the Children's Miracle Network and Baylor's development council. Kimbell served four years on the Midwest Regional Selection Committee for the Truman Scholarship Foundation.

As executive director of the alumni association, Kimbell said he plans to build upon what others have already started.

"I want to carry on all the good work of those before me," Kimbell said. "There is quite a legacy within the Baylor Alumni Association. I want to continue looking at how we can better serve our constituencies."

Kimbell's wife, Mary Little Kimbell, graduated from Baylor in 1985. They have three children: Benjamin, 9; Caroline, 6; and Luke, 1.

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