YOU NEED TO KNOW: Amanda Nims
BY CALEB HICKS, JUNIOR/AG COMMUNICATIONS
Get to know Amanda Nims, the development coordinator for the College of Agriculture. Amanda is a third-generation and two-time Auburn graduate with a bachelor’s degree in public relations in 2006 and a master’s in administration of higher education in 2008. The Birmingham native and her husband, Justin, a fellow Auburn graduate, have two children: 3-year-old Walter and 9-month-old Ann York. In her spare time, she says her family loves to attend Auburn sporting events and, when she finds the time from juggling work and two kids, she enjoys cooking, reading and being an adviser for a social sorority.
What drew you to the College of Agriculture?
The College of Agriculture is the best place I never knew existed. In fact, if you had told me when I was a new college graduate that I would work in agriculture, I would have laughed. A few years into working in development at Auburn, an opportunity to move to the college opened. After interviewing with Mark Wilton, I immediately felt at home. Our people—students, faculty, staff, alumni—are simply the best.
What advice do you have for students looking to attend Auburn University and the College of Agriculture?
Get out of your bubble! Push yourself, stretch yourself, try and fail, get uncomfortable—you’re playing the long game here! Auburn offers many unique and diverse opportunities for students—you’ve just got to take the initiative. Contrary to what you think, life will not end if something doesn’t go exactly as planned. I truly believe it’s in those moments that you find out just who you want to be and what your passion really is.
What is your favorite part of your job/What does a typical day in the office look like for you?
There’s no such thing as a typical day in the office. I’m responsible for our annual fundraising initiatives and Ag Hill Dean’s Society. I make sure that the gifts we receive are sent to the proper places and that those donors are thanked for their gifts. I plan and execute a number of events. I also make sure that Mark and Jordan (our development officers) have everything they need to meet with our alumni and donors. I hate to be cliché, but the truth is that the people of the college are second to none. Our office is responsible for raising private support for our students, faculty, programs and buildings. We simply help connect people and their philanthropic goals to our programs and opportunities. Getting to know our alumni and hearing why the College of Agriculture is special to them never gets old. And, I love knowing that we’re ultimately helping our students.
What is your favorite Auburn tradition?
My favorite Auburn tradition is callouts, when the newly selected members of organizations are announced to a crowd of cheering students. Even when it wasn’t in my favor, I always enjoyed callouts as a student. Of course, hearing your name called as a new member of an organization was always an amazing feeling. I love that it really helps promote that “family” atmosphere because I always had friends who supported me on those nights.