Victoria native takes on new corporate relations role at UHV

To financially launch the University of Houston-Victoria/American Book Review Reading Series in 2006, Charles Alcorn III took on the task of building relationships with Victoria companies and foundations regarding something they knew little about.

The UHV/ABR Reading Series has gone on to present more than 60 writers of national stature and become one of Victoria's premier cultural events.

Those relationship-building skills will again be put to good use in Alcorn's newest role at UHV.

The former ABR managing editor recently began work as director of corporate and foundation relations for the Office of University Advancement.

"Many individuals and corporations were generous in starting the UHV/ABR Reading Series and helping to bring these nationally recognized authors to Victoria," he said. "Everyone in town was welcoming to the idea of supporting a fairly esoteric operation. That was a positive experience and one I thought I could build on in this advancement position."

The Victoria native served as ABR managing editor and a lecturer in the UHV School of Arts & Sciences 2006-11. He most recently taught as an English instructor at UH.

"We are elated to have Dr. Alcorn return to UHV to lead our advancement efforts with corporations and foundations," UHV President Phil Castille said. "Charlie has been an asset to the university as a teacher, editor and fundraiser, and his deep ties to the Victoria community will be a great help to us in his new position."

Alcorn is putting aside teaching for now to concentrate on his new job. He said teaching helped him with public speaking, which was important in raising more than $475,000 2006-11 to assist in establishing and funding the Friends of ABR Endowment.

"I look forward to expanding our donor base as Victoria continues with its economic expansion of the last few years," Alcorn said. "I think there are a lot of good corporate citizens who want to partner with UHV on behalf of furthering educational opportunities for our students."