Vicky Medlock is one of the founding members of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals, an organization that connects, informs, and empowers a network of advancement services leaders.
As a 30-year career advancement services veteran, Vicky has a diverse background in serving higher education (public and private) and association programs.
She currently serves as the Senior Director of Advancement Services at Rollins College and serves as the Ex Officio on AASP’s Board of Directors. In 2017 Vicky won AASP’s prestigious Volunteer of the Decade award at Summit 2017 for her unyielding passion for advancement services and commitment to AASP.
We asked Vicky to share her experiences as an AASP member and gained insights into her role as an association leader through our Q&A.
Q: What has been your history of involvement with AASP?
A: I remember still the very earliest emails on FundSvcs announcing this new professional group – AASP. As an ‘oldtimer’ in the profession, it was an easy decision to become active with a group of peers who do what I do. Once AASP took me in, I never left!
Q: Why did you decide to become a volunteer leader of AASP?
A: Becoming involved as an AASP volunteer was a great way for me to give back to a profession that has served me so well, to continue to meet others who are passionate about our work and to continue to grow while learning new areas as a volunteer. It was an easy choice and one I have loved every minute!
Q: In your own words, why does AASP exist?
A: AASP exists to be a leader and a resource to the advancement services profession and those we serve.
Q: What are some of the major trends or issues impacting your profession and therefore, the members of AASP?
A: Analytics continues as an ever-popular area and rightly so – knowing where we have been is instrumental in helping to guide where we could go and to telling our fundraising story. Certainly, keeping an eye on the impact of GDPR, now that it is in effect, is also on our immediate radars. I would add ethics in the workforce as a continuing area of discussion, not as a major trend or issue, but as a topic that we must all be attentive when it comes to being good stewards of our donor’s resources entrusted to us.
Q: How is/was AASP leadership working to address those issues?
A: AASP provided a best practice for review to its constituents on GDPR in early May. (A special thanks to the hard work of those individuals.) The annual conference always has topics on reporting and analytics and there was a webinar this past year as well on reporting. As to ethics, AASP has an Ethics Committee, which presents at the annual conference and is often part of the regular newsletter of the association. This one I’m sure about as I’m the board liaison to the Ethics Committee.
Q: Thus far, what accomplishment of AASP are you most proud of? OR What are you most looking forward to accomplishing?
A: Wow, there are so many. I’m proud of the development of the strategic plans, which are regularly reviewed and further refined over the years. I think, as an association, the volunteer leadership has worked hard to stay true to who we are and who we serve but to keep a watchful eye to the future so that we are planning the work and then working the plan. But I would be remiss if I didn’t add that I am also proud of my peers – the other members – and the thousands of hours of volunteer time that has been committed over the past 11 years through each of the Summits, webinars, best practices and countless meetings and assignments. AASP wouldn’t be the huge success that it is, without the committed professionals that make up our association.
Q: On a personal level, what is the biggest challenge you face as a volunteer association leader?
A: It is always time…they stop making it after 24 hours in a day and somedays that isn’t enough for our regular work and family life, let alone volunteer time. But, I would be remiss if I didn’t give accolades to having our association management, Sentergroup, and how much improved and balanced life is as a volunteer with their support and leadership.
Q: What do you like most about serving your peers?
A: The secret is that while it is a commitment of time – and of passion – in the end, I am gaining far more than I am giving. Being of service is a wonderful way to be active in my profession, but it is also a fantastic way to meet others. Over the years, individuals I have met through volunteering, have become my best friends – literally!