Margery (Maggi) McKay serves as vice president for development for health sciences and on the leadership team of Emory’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations. In this role, she supervises all advancement efforts for Emory Medicine (including the School of Medicine, Winship Cancer Institute, and Emory Healthcare), Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Rollins School of Public Health, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and Foundation and Corporate Relations.
Highlights of her tenure leading the Woodruff Health Sciences Development team of 60-plus staff include serving as one of the architects of the grateful patient fundraising program, which has received national recognition from the Association of American Medical Colleges; helping to guide the faculty task force for the grateful patient program; serving as co-partner with Emory’s Medical Director of Philanthropy; formulating the Emory Medicine fundraising structure; and leading the health sciences development team, faculty, and staff in raising $1.07 billion of the university’s $1.6 billion campaign—the largest amount raised by the Woodruff Health Sciences Center in a campaign and the largest component of the university’s campaign. This effort included helping to secure, with other WHSC leaders, funding for Emory’s new Health Science Research Building, free and clear. McKay was part of the inaugural class of the Woodruff Leadership Academy in 2003.
Prior to her VP role, McKay led the Emory School of Medicine team with Woodruff Health Sciences responsibilities. She helped launch Emory School of Medicine’s portion of the campaign, organized and ran the campaign committee, and led the School of Medicine’s 150th anniversary celebration and primary fundraising efforts to build the James B. Williams Medical Education Building.
McKay came to Emory in 1999 from the Harn Museum of Art at University of Florida, where she helped plan and implement a campaign that reached its goal two years ahead of schedule. Prior to working in fundraising, McKay worked in sales negotiations, which included appraising and evaluating thoroughbred horses.