Regional President, USO Central Region

Dr. Gary Cole oversees USO operations and development efforts throughout seven states that comprise the USO Central Region, including: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.

Formerly the Chief Development Officer of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, Dr. Cole comes to the USO with three decades of fundraising experience as a practitioner and consultant to some of the most recognizable brands in the nonprofit sector.

In addition to holding executive level positions in higher education within the University of Texas System, Dr. Cole has served as the chief development officer in healthcare, independent school, and national federated nonprofit organizations. Additionally, Dr. Cole has held positions as an adjunct faculty member teaching graduate-level philanthropy and development courses. He earned the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation and is a recipient of the Ben Franklin Award for Outstanding Fundraising Executive.

Dr. Cole holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University, a Master of Arts in Philanthropy & Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, and Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He is married to Dr. Michele Cole, an equally committed fundraising professional, and is the proud father to sons Cameron and Connor.

Dr. Cole is based at the USO Central Region headquarters located in Dallas, Texas.