Guest Speaker Bio – Eric Gentry
Eric Gentry is the Assistant Vice President for Development and Interim Assistant Vice President for Advancement Services at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Gentry is responsible for all fundraising and advancement activities at UT San Antonio. Previously, Gentry worked in higher education development as a Director of Development at The University of Texas at Dallas working on the Fearless Engineering $100 million capital campaign and at Purdue University and their $1.8 billion The Campaign for Purdue.
Before higher education development, Gentry spent over five years managing, fundraising, and consulting on political campaigns. He has worked on over 17 campaigns at both the federal and state levels. He began his political career working for Congressman Tom Sawyer (D-OH) and State Senator Tim Ryan (OH). Eventually, he worked with Ryan as he became the youngest member of the 2002 freshmen class in the U.S. House of Representatives and the second youngest member of the U.S. House. Gentry also worked as a Fundraising Assistant with Sutter’s Mill Fundraising & Consulting, a Washington, DC based firm that specialized in Democratic congressional campaigns.
Gentry’s most recent campaigns were as President of Cornerstone Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Kentucky, consulting or managing on U.S. Congressional races, state senate and house races, and local issue elections.
A native of Leitchfield, Kentucky, Gentry graduated from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio with a master’s degree in Political Science/Applied Politics.
Eric lives with his wife Loni Yeary in San Antonio, Texas.