Paul Secord joined the Senior Staff of Southwestern University on June 1, 2015, as Vice President for University Relations and in 2022 added responsibility for University strategic initiatives to his portfolio. As Vice President for University Relations & Strategic Initiatives, Paul is responsible for the areas of alumni, parent and friend relations, campaign, development and philanthropic operations, the University events, and the Center for Career and Professional Development. He and his team work closely with the president and the leadership of Southwestern University to advance the philanthropic priorities of the University and to build a culture of philanthropy that engages the entire community in supporting Southwestern’s mission with investments of time, talent, and financial resources. In addition, Paul focuses on the strategic initiatives defined within the University’s tactical plan at the direction of President Trombley.

Prior to beginning his tenure at Southwestern, Paul served nearly eight years as Director of Development & Gift Planning at Drake University, in Des Moines, Iowa, where he led a staff of seventeen fundraising professionals in the successful execution of a $200 million comprehensive campaign. Prior to Drake, Paul was Director of Gift & Estate Planning and a Prospect Research Analyst at Babson College, in Wellesley, Massachusetts for a combined seven years and a Major Gift Officer at Lahey Clinic, in Burlington, Massachusetts for two years.

Paul received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and a Master of Science in Taxation from Bentley University. He is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, as well as an active participant in several planned giving roundtables. He also Chairs the City of Georgetown’s Strategic Partnerships for Community Services Advisory Board and represented Southwestern University on the Georgetown 2030 Strategic Planning Initiative.

Paul, his wife Deborah, and their two children, Alexander and Patrick, live in Georgetown.