Foundation announces incoming fundraisers, new roles for others

As Mississippi State University seeks to extend its reach, so does the fundraising arm of the university. A couple of new faces have joined the fundraising team in the MSU Foundation while several others have undertaken new roles.

Dees Britt and Zack Harrington are new to university fundraising. Both alumni, they will serve separate units.
Britt is the new assistant director of development for both the Mississippi State University Extension Service, whose presence extends to all of the state’s 82 counties, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The Canton native joined the fundraising team in late 2013.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in 2009 in communication, Britt began work with MSU’s Division of Student Affairs as an admissions counselor and later was an admissions coordinator and recruiter for both the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Forest Resources. In 2013, she also earned an MSU master’s degree in teaching and community college education, with an emphasis in marketing.

Another new hire is Zack Harrington who joined the MSU Foundation in early July as assistant director of development for the College of Business. He will work to secure gifts for the major academic unit and its Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy.

A Hattiesburg native, Harrington holds two degrees from MSU: a 2009 bachelor’s in business administration with an emphasis in real estate mortgage finance and a 2010 master’s in sport administration. As an undergraduate, he was a quarterback during the 2006 and 2007 seasons for the Bulldog football team.

Previously, Harrington worked with SERVPRO Cleanup Services in Mississippi sales. Earlier, he was employed by Mediterranean Shipping Co. in Charleston, South Carolina, and interned with ICS SERKA, a major provider to the U.S. government of construction, industrial and logistical services.

Along with the addition of Britt and Harrington, three veteran fundraisers have assumed new roles.
Jimmy Kight has transitioned to the role of development director for the College of Veterinary Medicine, the state’s only veterinary school. Since 2010, he had worked as assistant director of development for the College of Business.

Kight began his MSU career in 2007 after receiving a degree in communication from the university. A Philadelphia native, he first worked with the Office of Admissions and Scholarships as a regional in-state admissions counselor.

Also moving into a new role as director of corporate and foundation relations is Nathan Moore. In May, he began leading the coordination of this major gifts area for the MSU Foundation and serving as a liaison for many campus units.

Moore had served as the director of development for the College of Architecture, Art and Design since 2008.

Prior to that position, he worked for the Office of Admissions and Scholarships. He is a Starkville native who holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in public policy and administration, both from MSU.

Succeeding Moore as director of development for the College of Architecture, Art and Design and its School of Architecture is Perry King “P.K.” Thomas IV who began his new role in July. The Tupelo native comes from the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering, having served as assistant director of development since 2010.

Before joining MSU, Thomas worked as a district executive for Yocona Area Council of Boy Scouts of America and served two years as an admissions counselor for Mississippi State. Thomas earned a 2003 communication degree and a master’s in physical education and sport administration in 2008, both from MSU.

A complete list of MSU fundraisers and their contact information is available at