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Vice President for University Advancement

“Making quality higher education available to potential students is one of the most important things our society can do for future generations.”

What drew you to the higher education world?

I didn’t begin my career in higher education, and when I was recruited by a former director of SFA Development for a position at SFA, I kept asking, “What exactly does development mean?” When I was told it was all about developing relationships to advance the university, I immediately knew this work was for me.

What do you enjoy most about your role at SFA?

I truly believe that I am in my dream job today — building relationships with people such as alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty and staff, and especially our benefactors. Many times, it is evident that individual benefactors see things from different perspectives, and those perspectives are based on their passions. It’s inspiring!

What do you hope students gain from SFA?

Preparing students via transformative educational opportunities to serve our state, nation and world is something we do very well at SFA. I hope that all of our graduates, but especially those students who have been assisted by the gifts of previous donors, experience a high level of success and are able and willing to give back to the university in order to support future students who may benefit from their generosity.

What are you passionate about outside of your role at SFA?

I devote much of my time to teaching my children — and anyone else who will listen, for that matter — the importance of a higher education and the necessity of working hard in school from a very early age to make the most of every activity and every opportunity. This daily pursuit of excellence will reap rewards in terms of unlimited educational opportunities.

Education and Experience

Academic experience

  • Vice President for Advancement
    SFA (2012-present)
  • Director of Development
    SFA (2002-2012)
  • Associate Director of Development
    SFA (1997-2002)
  • Assistant Director of Development
    SFA (1996-1997)
  • Director of Special Programs
    SFA (1994-1996)


  • Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing
    Texas A&M University

Awards / Achievements

  • Certified Fundraising Executive CFRE
  • University Professional Women, Woman of the Year
    SFA (2009)


Jill Still, M.B.A.
Vice President for University Advancement
P.O. Box 6092, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962