Guila B. Cooper is a professional in the fields of alumni relations and fundraising. With over 25 years of experience, she has worked with non-profit organizations, faith-based and higher education institutions in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina in the areas of program development and evaluation, strategic planning, grant writing. Specializing in higher education alumni engagement, she has worked with alumni chapters and clubs to create strategic plans crafted to align with the interests and ambitions of institutions and their alumni. In this role, she works in close concert with strategic partners across the institution and in the community to build strong and supportive constituent bases of support, plans and implements programs and events to engage alumni, and recruits alumni leadership.
A graduate of Bennett College, Reverend Cooper is involved in the community through roles as an ordained minister, board member, community advisor and involved citizen. She continued post-baccalaureate study in theology at Erskine University. She serves at the Oak Ridge First Baptist Church and as Vice President of the Congress of Christian Education for the High Point Educational and Missionary Baptist Association, as well as on the boards of several community based organizations. A frequent teacher and small group facilitator for congregations, her passion is discipleship.
She is currently Director of Alumni Relations & Development for the School of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem State University. In this role, she spearheads development efforts by creating and executing an effective fundraising strategy, while engaging the over 5000 alumni of the school.
Reverend Cooper is currently serving as CIMPAD Secretary of the Board of Directors.