Meet the Candidates
Michelle Mattox serves as the associate vice chancellor in University Advancement at UNC Asheville, where she oversees the management of the comprehensive campaign, major gifts, planned giving and donor relations. In addition, she serves as a liaison to the UNC Asheville Foundation Board.
Prior to joining UNCA, Michelle served in leadership roles at Wake Forest University and Florida State University where she held integral roles in their respective $1B campaigns. At Wake Forest, she led the national major gifts team and the research and prospect management team. While at FSU, she oversaw Central Development, consisting of regional major gifts, annual giving, planned giving and corporate and foundation relations.
Prior to her career in higher ed advancement, Michelle led in Florida politics managing campaigns and state fundraising efforts, along with holding positions in top law firms in Tallahassee, serving as a chief of staff in the Florida Senate and being the chief political officer for Associated Industries of Florida.
Michelle received a Bachelor of Science in political science and Master of Public Administration from Florida State University.
Charley Deal serves as the vice chancellor for university advancement at UT Martin. He is a graduate of UT Martin (’92, ’96) and received his doctorate in learning and leadership from UT Chattanooga in 2017. Deal has been employed at UT Martin since 1992, working in residence life, development, athletics and alumni relations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the UT Federal Credit Union, Weakley County Emergency Food and Shelter, United Way of Tennessee, Weakley County United Way and WRAP of West Tennessee.
Since being named vice chancellor in April 2020, UT Martin has secured gifts and pledges of $127 million dollars and successfully concluded the university’s largest capital campaign in the school’s history, a $175 million dollar campaign.
Charley resides in Martin, Tennessee with his wife of 27 years, Shannon. They have two adult children, Alex and Jessie.
Mary McDonald is a seasoned professional, having worked in higher ed advancement for 25 years. She has served as a member of the president’s senior leadership team at the University of Georgia, Spring Hill College and Middle Georgia State University. Mary led the fundraising and engagement efforts at Spring Hill and Middle Georgia and volunteer management efforts at her last four institutions, serving as vice president of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation and the executive director of the Middle Georgia State University Foundation.
When she is not working, Mary is likely spending time with her two children. Her son, 13 year-old Charlie, is active in a myriad of sports and her daughter, 11 year-old Rosie, enjoys gymnastics, running and recently starred as Dorothy in her school production of the “Wizard of Oz.”