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FAU Adds Three Fundraisers to University Advancement Staff

            BOCA RATON, FL (October 5, 2007) – Three development officers, Lori B. Richards, Daniel M. Morris and Jack B. Aylor, have joined the division of University Advancement at Florida Atlantic University.  

            “We are very pleased to have these three seasoned professionals join our fundraising team,” said Kurt R. Moore, interim associate vice president for development. “Their combined talents, skills and experience enhance our efforts to secure support for FAU’s academic and research programs.   I am confident that each will have a major impact on FAU as it attains recognition as an emerging leader in higher education.”   

            In her role as development officer, Lori Richards is in charge of all fundraising activities for the Broward campuses. A Massachusetts native, Richards’ previous jobs were in the New England area.   Most recently, she was the leadership gifts officer for Western New England College, where she was responsible for researching, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding alumni.

            From 2002 through 2006, Richards was the assistant director of development at the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Earlier in her career, she served as an assistant conference coordinator at the University of Massachusetts.   In addition, Richards worked for Mount Wachusett Community College Foundation. Richards graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She is also a certified paralegal and was employed in that field for more than 17 years.

            “I am grateful for this opportunity to be a part of FAU,” said Richards.   “I was drawn to FAU by its fine reputation.   I look forward to helping shape the University’s future as it asserts itself as a top institution of research and higher education.”

            Daniel Morris is leading the fundraising effort for FAU’s College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs (CAUPA). A move from Chicago brought Morris to South Florida. In his most recent position as interim associate dean of external affairs for the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, Morris oversaw more than $1 million in fundraising capital and managed more than $650,000 in major gifts. He planned and marketed four regional alumni events, represented the School of Social Administration at venues throughout the nation and created the school’s first comprehensive alumni directory  

            Morris previously served as the School of Social Service Administration’s development coordinator.  He began his professional affiliation with the School of Social Service Administration as a development associate in 2005.  From 2003 through 2005, Morris sought gifts on behalf of Multiple Sclerosis awareness campaigns.   Morris earned his undergraduate degrees in finance and marketing from the College of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of Illinois.    

            “I am very excited to join a team that is such an integral component of the South Florida area,” said Morris. “CAUPA is instrumental in educating future leaders in the fields of social work, criminal justice, public administration, urban planning and architecture. I am eager to reach out to the community, and advance FAU’s contribution to the vitality and welfare of the region.”

            Newest to FAU’s group of development officers is Jack Aylor, who has been named coordinator for development and alumni programs on the Treasure Coast campus in Port St. Lucie.   Originally from West Virginia, Aylor has 17 years experience as director of development at Frostburg State University in Maryland.   Aylor is the former executive director of the Frostburg State University Foundation, Inc.

            Previous positions in higher education took Aylor to Randolph Macon Academy in Virginia, where he was vice president for development, and Dickinson State University in North Dakota, where he served as director of university relations and alumni affairs. Aylor received his bachelor’s of science degree in public relations from West Virginia University and an associate of arts degree from Potomac State College.
            “This is an exciting time to be associated with FAU,” said Aylor.   “The Treasure Coast campus is an important regional resource with tremendous potential.   I look forward to meeting and working with the many outstanding FAU alumni, friends and business partners along the Treasure Coast.”

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