Vennie Gore is the vice president for Auxiliary Enterprises at Michigan State University. In his current role, Gore administers a residence hall and apartment housing system with a capacity for 20,000 students, faculty and staff, and a culinary services program serving more than 50,000 meals daily. Gore oversees 34 additional auxiliary operations including coffee shops, catering operations, student event centers, a chapel, food stores and hospitality operations. Auxiliary Enterprises also has a charge to serve the broader mission of the university by assisting in economic development opportunities in the mid-Michigan region.
Before joining MSU in August 2007, Gore was associate director for housing and food services at the University of Washington, assistant director of housing at the University of Wisconsin, and served in various other leadership roles at the University of Washington, since 1985.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Gore had previously served as a resident director at Illinois and received his master’s degree in college student personnel from Indiana University. During his tenure at the University of Washington, he received his Executive Management Certification from the Foster School of Business and, most recently, participated in the Institute for Educational Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Gore has also served as a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Student Segmentation Advisory Board and currently serves on the board of directors for the Capital Area United Way.
Among his honors, Gore received NWACUHO’s Outstanding Leadership and Service Award in 2002, the David B. Stephen Award for Outstanding Leadership in 2005, and served as the president of ACUHO-I from 2012-2013. Most recently he received the Elizabeth Greenleaf Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University in 2016, and the Robert F. Banks Award for Institutional Leadership, from Michigan State University, in February, 2017.