Robert F. Hawks is vice president for advancement at Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia, the largest independent, college preparatory day school in the continental United States. In this position, he has led collaborative fundraising efforts that have totaled $96 million since joining the school in 2003.
Prior to his current position, Hawks served as assistant headmaster for development at Providence Day School, where his responsibilities included the overall leadership of alumni relations, all fund-raising initiatives, marketing, publications, public relations and prospect research. He successfully directed two capital campaigns totaling nearly $20 million.
Hawks has also served in development and public relations leadership positions at The Lovett School in Atlanta and the Darlington School in Rome, Georgia. Throughout his career, he has been the recipient of numerous CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) awards for his work.
From 1979-81, Hawks served as assistant director of alumni affairs at Berea College, his alma mater. He graduated from Berea in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and was named outstanding young alumnus in 1993. As a student, Hawks was a member of the cross country, swimming and track teams. He and three teammates were the first in Berea College history to qualify and participate in the NAIA National Cross Country Championships.
Hawks and his wife Kathy ’77 are the parents of two children and grandparents of five. In his spare time, Hawks enjoys playing golf, visiting his children and grandchildren, walking and swimming on Florida and South Carolina beaches and reading John Grisham novels.