Wydra appointed interim development director for M...

Wydra appointed interim development director for MTSU College of Behavioral and Health Sciences

Paul Wydra has been appointed interim director of development for the MTSU College of Behavioral and Health Sciences

After serving as assistant director of Alumni Affairs for 11 years, Wydra was promoted to director of development initiatives in 2017. In that role, he works closely with the University Honors College, James E. Walker Library, University College, and various groups within Student Life to engage alumni and enhance each unit’s financial support.

Paul V. Wydra, Director of Development Initiatives, interim director, CBHS
Paul V. Wydra

Wydra, who assumed his interim role on Nov. 1, will continue to serve as director of development initiatives but also help fill the gaps that exist in engaging CBHS alumni, donors and friends.

Barbara Turnage is currently serving as interim dean for CBHS. Once a permanent dean is appointed, a search will take place to fill the CBHS development director position.

Wydra’s wide-ranging knowledge of and extensive experience with Middle Tennessee State University will allow him to adapt quickly to his new responsibilities, Executive Director of Development Mark Clark said.

“I am grateful to have Paul step into this role and work alongside Dean Turnage to continue building on the strong foundation we have in the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences,” Clark stated. “Our students in CBHS are preparing for careers where they will be charged with providing much needed care and service in the fields of nursing, social work, criminal justice, and beyond. I am confident Paul will serve us well in our pursuit to enhance the opportunities and resources available to our students, faculty and staff.”

The College of Behavioral and Health Sciences has more than 33,000 alumni, making it the largest alumni base of any college at MTSU. Its graduates serve the physical, mental, and behavioral health needs of the region, state, and nation. Nearly 11,000 alumni from the college have made a financial contribution to the advancement of MTSU, “each of which contributes to the transformation of our community,” Clark noted.

For more information about the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, its development activities and how you can support them, contact Wydra at or 615-898-5329.