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Ole Miss hires Kirk Purdom

Kirk Purdom

Kirk Purdom

Kirk Purdom, vice president for advancement at Transylvania University and a University of Mississippi alumnus, has been named UM executive director of alumni affairs, effective March 14.

Tim Walsh, who held the post since 2008, retired in March 2015. Sheila Dossett, senior associate director of alumni affairs, has served as interim executive director since that time.

Purdom has served in his current role at Transylvania University since 2011. He came to Transylvania University from Kentucky Wesleyan College, where he was vice president for advancement.

A 1993 UM graduate, Purdom played baseball for the Rebels and worked for several departments on campus from 1994 to 2001, including two years with the Alumni Association. His wife, Keilly, also played golf for the Rebels and served as head women’s golf coach from 1991 to 2001.

The Purdoms’ oldest daughter, Kie, is a freshman on the Ole Miss golf team. The Purdoms have two other daughters: Kara Beth, 12, and Kate, 16.

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