Nelson joins the Museum Foundation from Midlands Technical College in Columbia, where he served as Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation and Associate Vice President of Advancement. He will be responsible for directing the $100 million campaign to raise funds to design, build and operate the new museum and education center, to be built at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, SC.
“Members of the Museum Foundation’s Board Executive Committee all were impressed by Tim’s understanding of, appreciation for, and commitment to our mission,” Robert C. Wilburn, President and CEO of the Museum Foundation, said. “Equally important, he brings to us a strong record of successful fund raising initiatives.”
“It is an honor to be a part of this effort to create the nation’s Medal of Honor Museum here in South Carolina,” Nelson said. “The men and women who have received the Medal represent our country’s bravest and best. To be a part of this effort to preserve their stories and to use them to inspire the nation – especially our youth – to place service above self is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
He joined Midlands Technical College in 2012; raising record donations, including the largest single gift ever received. Previously, he spent five years at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, as Associate and then Interim Director of Development, and two years as Executive Director of Advancement at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. The Army veteran also has significant experience in management consulting and financial planning.
He received his bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership at Nyack College in New York and his MBA from Regent University.
The National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation is a non-profit educational organization established to preserve and present the stories of the nation’s Medal of Honor recipients; to help visitors understand what it means to put service above self; and to inspire current and future generations about the Medal’s ideals of patriotism, leadership and courage.