Tami Simmons, executive director of Susan G. Komen Charlotte, is joining the staff at Johnson C. Smith University as vice president of Institutional Advancement.

She will begin her job at JCSU on Oct. 18, overseeing initiatives such as fundraising and development, communications and marketing, and alumni relations. Simmons, a current JCSU trustee, will resign from the board at the end of September.

Simmons will replace Joy Paige Springs, who resigned earlier this year.

In announcing Simmons’ appointment, JCSU President Ronald Carter noted her “experience in securing both private and corporate philanthropic support, executing foundation strategies, and designing and implementing comprehensive institutional advancement programs.”

“Tami will ensure that the strategic direction we have set for fundraising, alumni relations, development, and marketing and communication activities will continue without interruption,” he said.

Simmons spent five years at Susan G. Komen Charlotte and 19 with Wells Fargo, leaving as senior vice president and director of corporate philanthropy for the Eastern United States.