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Darcy Douglas ’07 Named Vice President, Advancement and Alumni Engagement at South Texas College of Law Houston

South Texas College of Law Houston (STCL Houston) this week named alumna Darcy Douglas ’07 as vice president, Advancement and Alumni Engagement at the nearly 100-year-old law school in downtown Houston.

Douglas brings two decades of development and legal experience to her new role at Houston’s oldest law school.

She joins STCL Houston after nearly a decade leading major gifts efforts at Texas Children’s Hospital, most recently as director of Philanthropy. While at Texas Children’s, she played an integral role in the execution of the hospital’s Promise Campaign, a $475 million comprehensive fundraising effort that included construction of the Lester and Sue Smith Legacy Tower and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands.

Prior to her role at Texas Children’s, she oversaw fundraising efforts for Breakthrough Houston and worked in political fundraising in Washington, D.C.

“As a 2007 graduate of the law school and a longtime member of its Alumni Association board of directors, I’m thrilled to be returning to South Texas College of Law Houston in this role,” said Douglas. “South Texas provided me with an excellent, practical education, lifelong friends, and a deep respect for the legal field. I am excited about all the opportunities presented by the law school’s upcoming centennial anniversary in 2023, and can’t wait to start telling the story of the important work being done here.”

A search committee — chaired by Professor Sharon Finegan and STCL Houston Board Member Nick Lanza ’89 — including South Texas Board Member Ryan Haun ’06, Associate Dean Catherine Greene Burnett, Professor Matthew Festa, Assistant Dean Mandi Gibson, Vice President Diane Summers, and outside industry expert Paul Secord of Southwestern University, invited three finalists to campus for meetings with faculty, staff, students, and alumni before choosing Douglas for this key leadership role.

“As an alumna of our law school, Darcy shares our passion for fulfilling South Texas College of Law Houston’s mission, and she understands our pride in being a school of opportunity and of excellence,” said Michael F. Barry, president and dean of STCL Houston. “This, combined with her extensive experience leading successful philanthropy teams and fundraising initiatives, makes her uniquely qualified for this critical role at STCL Houston.”

Prior to her tenure at Texas Children’s Hospital, Douglas was director of Development at Breakthrough Houston; and development associate at Alliance for Justice, and major gifts coordinator at EMILY’s List, both in Washington, D.C.

Following her graduation from STCL Houston, Douglas served as an associate at The Ammons Law Firm LLP and as an associate at Grady Schneider in Houston.

Douglas earned a law degree from South Texas College of Law Houston in 2007, and a Bachelor of Science degree in communication studies at the University of Texas at Austin in 2000.