COLLEGE STATION, Texas - After 15 years of service as President and CEO of the 12th Man Foundation, W. Miles Marks has informed the Board of Trustees and Staff of the 12th Man Foundation of his intent to take early retirement to pursue other interests. His official letter of resignation has been accepted by the Board of Trustees effective October 1, 2012. The Board will immediately begin a national search for a President and CEO.
On behalf of the entire 12th Man Foundation, The Board of Trustees expresses its sincere appreciation to Mr. Marks for his efforts while serving as President and CEO of this Foundation, and for the many achievements and accomplishments of the Foundation team during his tenure as President and CEO. The Board and Mr. Marks also wish to acknowledge and recognize the great staff of the 12th Man Foundation whose dedication has contributed greatly to the Foundation's success.
"Three groups have made this organization succeed," said Marks. "I sincerely appreciate the present and past members of the Board of Trustees for the incredible opportunity to serve Texas A&M University through this role at the 12th Man Foundation. Their leadership, dedication, and love for Texas A&M has set the standard for success at the 12th Man Foundation. Success is easy with a great team, and the staff of the Foundation is simply the very best in the fundraising industry. I know they will continue to successfully meet the upcoming challenges of funding scholarships, programs and new facilities, including the redevelopment of Kyle Field. And finally, many thanks to our thousands of 12th Man Foundation donors whose support has taken our programs to new heights as we work together for the interests of our great student athletes. I wish the 12th Man Foundation the very best for continued success."
Marks helped build the 12th Man Foundation into one of the nation's premier fundraising organizations.
"Miles Marks has led the 12th Man Foundation with dignity and pride for the past 15 years," said Texas A&M Director of Athletics Eric Hyman. "Under Miles' leadership, the 12th Man Foundation has become the gold standard in intercollegiate athletics fundraising. Texas A&M Athletics is better for the time that Miles spent as the President of the 12th Man Foundation and we wish him well as he takes on new challenges."
"On behalf of Texas A&M University, I would like to thank Miles for his many years of selfless service in leading the 12th Man Foundation and supporting our athletics program," said Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin. "Under Miles' leadership, the 12th Man Foundation has grown into one of the top organizations of its kind across the country, providing a solid foundation upon which to build in our first season in the SEC and as we embark on the Kyle Field project."
The Board extends its best wishes to Mr. Marks and his family in his future endeavors.