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Tom TurpinTom Turpin Joins UIS Office of Advancement as Gift Officer

Tom Turpin, new gift officer at UIS, says that an 18-foot fall brought him to college.

He was 27 at the time and working as a journeyman carpenter. After a hard discussion with his doctor about Tom’s future as a carpenter, Tom enrolled at Illinois State University where he earned a BS degree with honors. He later added an MS Ed. degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

As a gift officer at UIS, Tom will be working regionally and nationally with alumni and friends of UIS assisting them with their personal philanthropy.

Tom relishes working with donors. “They are the ‘giving people,'” he says. “They all receive so much joy from their philanthropy, and that’s exciting to me especially because of the impact that gifts to UIS have for the future.”

Before starting at UIS, Tom served as an Extension Educator for UIUC College of ACES and program development and in fund raising for a private not-for-profit.

Welcome, Tom!


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