CEE welcomes new advancement director

john southwood

The department recently welcomed a new Director of Advancement. John Southwood, a fundraising professional with nearly 30 years of experience, joined CEE in December. A University of Illinois alumnus, Southwood came to the university from a position as Chief Advancement Officer for Georgia Highlands College in Rome, Ga.  He has worked at U of I before, having been on staff at the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics from 1985-1993.

“I’m delighted to be back with the university and working for a prestigious college and top-ranked department such as Civil and Environmental Engineering,” Southwood said. “I am proud to say I began my professional career at the University of Illinois, and I am returning to complete my career here at my alma mater.”

As Director of Advancement, Southwood will lead the department’s fundraising program. His professional experience includes posts in higher education, including working for the U of I, Chattahoochee Technical College and Georgia Highlands College. He has also worked in advancement for two Atlanta-based nonprofit organizations, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Junior Achievement.

Southwood holds two degrees from the University of Illinois: an M.S. in Athletic Administration (1985) and a B.S. in Business Administration (1982).