Senior Director of Development, Potter College of Arts & Letters
Office: WAB 120
Leslie Watkins is the Senior Director of Development for Potter College of Arts & Letters. In this role, she provided leadership and support as member of the development team that successfully completed WKU’s first comprehensive campaign, Investing in the Spirit, which raised $102 million, including professorships in history, music, and journalism; and in WKU’s second comprehensive campaign, A New Century of Spirit,( $202 million raised). She also completed a successful building campaign for the Adams – Whitaker Student Publications Building. In addition, Watkins has given presentations and worked with other non-profit organizations on fundraising, strategic planning, and board development.
Watkins earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in English from Western Kentucky University and is an adjunct faculty member in the WKU Department of English. She has served as President of the Bowling Green Junior Woman’s Club, the Head Start Policy Council, and The Symphony at WKU. She is a member of the Southern Kentucky Estate Planning Council, the Association of Arts &Sciences Advancement Professionals, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Leslie is married to Chris Watkins (a 1986 and 1988 graduate of WKU), a Finance and Management Specialist with Training and Technical Assistance Services at WKU.
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