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ASMS Welcomes Alumnus as Director of Development

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The Alabama School of Math and Science welcomes Derwin Dubose, a 2002 ASMS alumnus, as the school’s Director of Development.

“It’s an honor to be invited home,” Dubose says. “My two years at ASMS altered my life trajectory. I can’t think of a better way to serve Alabama than investing in her best and brightest young people through the ASMS Foundation.”

Dubose brings more than 11 years of fundraising success with some of the nation’s leading nonprofits, including Ronald McDonald House Charities, Habitat for Humanity, and Communities in Schools. He has helped organizations build award-winning annual fund, major gift, and capital campaigns that have raised more than $11 million. In his new role, he will build new fundraising programs for the Alabama School of Mathematics Foundation.

“Derwin made an extremely positive impression on our school the very first day he stepped foot on our campus 17 years ago,” says Ann Smith Bedsole, one of the school’s founders and a current ASMS Foundation and School Board member. “When asked why he would be interested in moving back to Mobile to head up our development efforts, Derwin answered confidently and without hesitation: ‘It’s time for me to pay back the place that gave me my start!'”

In 2000, Dubose came to ASMS from York, Ala. – a small town in rural Sumter County. Dubose was SGA president and served as a school ambassador. After ASMS, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a John Motley Morehead Scholar. He was an inaugural Shelia C. Johnson Leadership Fellow and received a master’s in public administration from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Dubose also has a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University.

“When you conduct a nationwide search with more than 40 impressive applicants, it is easy to wonder what will separate one person from the next,” ASMS Foundation Board President Jo Bonner says. “But no sooner than Derwin Dubose entered the room for his interview that it was obvious we had found our new Development Director.”

Immediately before coming to ASMS, Dubose led a social enterprise incubated at the Harvard Innovation Lab and completed technical training as an aerial porter for the U.S. Air Force Reserve Command.

“We are so fortunate to have someone with such exceptional credentials and experience to lead our Development Office,” said ASMS President Dr. Monica Motley. “Derwin embodies the mission of ASMS. As an alumnus with a vested interest, he is the ideal person to share the impact of the ASMS experience with external constituents. I am absolutely thrilled to have him as a part of the administrative team.”

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