Floyd Akins, Senior Consultant, most recently served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In this role, he provided leadership and managerial support for UT’s Regional Major Gift Officers and Corporate and Foundation Engagement Team. Floyd also developed the framework for and oversaw the creation of UT’s principal gifts program. During his tenure at UT, Floyd championed support for UT’s talent management and mentoring program. Floyd has been an advocate for diversity at all levels throughout his entire professional life and was the Co-Chair of UT’s Council for Diversity and Interculturalism.
Floyd has participated in several billion-dollar campaigns throughout his career and has raised numerous multi-million dollar gifts and managed fundraising staff at all levels. Before joining UT, he served as The Ohio State University’s Senior Associate Vice President for University Development and Vice President of the OSU Foundation. Previously, he was the Assistant Vice President for Principal Gifts at the University of Iowa Foundation. Other positions included Executive Director of Development in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa and Director of the Capital Campaign at Grinnell College. In addition to his fundraising positions, Floyd held numerous positions at both Grinnell College and the University of Iowa that included admissions, public relations and minority affairs. He has also been an active speaker for CASE since 1998 and has chaired several conferences on major gift fundraising in both the US and Canada.
Floyd lives in Columbus, OH and received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University and his master’s degree from the University of Iowa in Journalism and Mass Communication. He was one of the original members and lead vocalist of the band Funkdaddies. The band is based in Iowa City and opened for the Beach Boys at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa Freedom Festival. He currently sings in the gospel choir at St. Dominic Parish in Columbus.