June 29, 2016
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Chris Stephens Joins Angus Foundation
Oklahoma State alum will serve as assistant director of development.
Wesson, Miss., native Chris Stephens will join the Angus Foundation as its new assistant director of development on July 1. In his new position, Stephens will assist the Angus Foundation in fundraising to help achieve the organization’s mission of advancing education, youth and research for the Angus breed and American Angus Association® members.
Stephens received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications from Oklahoma State University in 2002, and possesses a strong, professional skill set in leadership and fundraising in the beef cattle industry. Most recently, Stephens served as director of operations for EE Ranches Inc., in Dallas, Texas. In his position, Stephens managed a major ranching enterprise consisting of five ranches in four states.
Previously, Stephens also served as development officer for the College of Veterinary Medicine with the Kansas State University Foundation, where he assisted in securing high-level gifts of $10,000 to $1 million. Prior to that role, he also served as executive director of the Hereford Youth Foundation of America, where he developed and executed the organization’s $5 million scholarship endowment campaign; and as director of youth activities with the American Hereford Association.
“Chris will be a tremendous addition to our Angus Foundation team. His professional experiences in the purebred beef cattle industry, coupled with his successful fundraising record, will be invaluable in our organization’s efforts to even better meet the increasing education, youth and research needs of our Angus members,” said Milford Jenkins, president of the Angus Foundation. “He shares in our strategic vision for the Angus Foundation’s future, and he’ll play a crucial role in our charitable resource development activities and carrying out our mission.”
Stephens said he’s eager to join the Angus team.
“The Angus Foundation has a successful history in development and support of its mission to advance the Angus breed,” Stephens said. “I am excited about helping to implement new strategies for growth and support for the foundation and creating greater awareness for our mission: youth, education and research.”
Visit www.angus.org to learn more about the Angus Foundation.
— by Shelby Mettlen
ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. The American Angus Association® is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving more than 25,000 members across the United States and Canada. It provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on the power of Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers.
For more information about Angus cattle and the American Angus Association’s programs and services, visit www.angus.org.