Raymond Carnley serves as vice president for university advancement at Middle Georgia State College and executive director of the MGA Foundation; overseeing development, alumni relations, marketing and communications operations. Carnley most recently was Chief Advancement Officer and Foundation Executive Director at Georgia Highlands College. Earlier in his career he served in development positions at Presbyterian College, the Forest History Society (an academic affiliate of Duke University), and Emory University.
Carnley draws on more than 15 years in nonprofit and higher education development, having helped secure more than $125 million in public and private funding including 23 individual gifts of $1 million or more. He regularly speaks and presents at professional conferences, where he specializes in the planning and implementation of major capital campaigns; establishing and growing annual revenue; cultivating and soliciting major and planned gifts; and developing strategic marketing plans to identified constituents. He is a member of Rotary, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Georgia Education Advancement Council. A member of Chi Phi Fraternity, he currently holds the office of scholarship chair as a member of its national board of directors.
He received a Bachelor of Arts from Georgia Southwestern State University and a Master of Education, with a concentration in higher education administration, from Columbia College. He holds the professional certification of Certified Fund Raising Executive from CFRE International. He is an alumnus of the executive doctoral program in higher education management through UGA's Institute of Higher Education.