President, CEO of NDSU Development Foundation and Alumni Association named
Ryn Pitts, Foundation Trustee and chair of the search committee, said, “We were looking for the right fit to take the foundation and alumni association to the next level. Doug is clearly someone who can take us there."
NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani said Mayo’s breadth of experience at Purdue and Colorado State and obvious enthusiasm for the many opportunities ahead for NDSU will make him a success. “Doug clearly understands the land grant heritage of service, and appreciates the unique strength of NDSU’s commitment to students and success in research. His leadership will be instrumental in NDSU’s future.”
Mayo has been vice president for university advancement at Minnesota State University, Mankato, since 2008, leading award-winning development, marketing and alumni relations programs for a campus of more than 15,000 students, 1,800 faculty and staff and 159,000 alumni and friends.
Previously he was director of development for the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University, and interim director of Advancement and Corporate Relations for the College of Agriculture at Purdue University. Prior to working in higher education, he was owner and operator of a beef cattle operation, a vice president at a plating company and an attorney in North Carolina.
He earned his juris doctor degree at Wake Forest University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in history and political science at Purdue University.
Mayo will begin his role on May 1.
NDSU is recognized as one of the nation's top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.