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FAU Campaign Vice President Susan Peirce Named to Washington-based Philanthropy Council

BOCA RATON , FL (October 14, 2008) Susan Peirce, Florida Atlantic University’s campaign vice president, was recently appointed to the Philanthropy Commission of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).   Representing institutions from around the world, the 21-member commission has been designed to evaluate the practices and standards upheld by CASE.   The commission’s goal is to ensure that CASE programs reflect current issues and emerging trends in the field of fund raising. Supporting those university advancement professionals who head alumni relations, communications, marketing and fundraising efforts, CASE is a primary resource for institutions that are dedicated to excellence in higher education.  

 With more than 25 years experience in the field of development, Peirce returned to FAU in 2006 after a two-year absence.   Working closely with the FAU Foundation, Peirce is identifying priority areas for philanthropy within the University and is crafting a strategic plan to ensure priorities will be met. She is seeking private support to build Innovation Village, a proposed mixed-used complex on FAU’s Boca Raton campus.   A 30,000 seat football stadium, slated to open in 2010, will serve as the focal point of this project. In her previous tenure at FAU, Peirce led the University’s first capital campaign.

From 2004 through 2006, Peirce served as Saint Leo University’s vice president for University Advancement, a division she founded upon her arrival. She created the departments of advancement services, alumni relations, public relations and development.   Heading the university’s first-ever campaign, Peirce’s efforts yielded a total of $12 million.   In addition, she instituted an annual giving program that saw a 421 percent increase in alumni participation.

Peirce served as assistant vice president for development at Northern Illinois University from 1994 to 1997.   She was responsible for re-structuring the university’s fund-raising program and planning campaign, and was successful in achieving fiscal year goals.   Prior to that, Peirce directed Villanova University’s $100 million campaign.   Her experience in institutional advancement, alumni relations, major gifts and annual giving was garnered at such universities as Pennsylvania State University, Chatham College and West Virginia University.

            A graduate of Chatham College with a bachelor’s degree in communications, Peirce earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and educational policy studies from Northern Illinois University.   A longstanding and active member of CASE on international, national and regional levels, Peirce received the CASE Crystal Apple Award for outstanding teaching in 2004.   For two years she has chaired the CASE Institute for Chief Development Officers and serves on the faculty of CASE’s annual Summer Institute.

            “I am honored to represent Florida Atlantic University as a member of CASE’s Philanthropy Commission,” said Peirce.   “The opportunities for personal and professional growth are great, but more importantly, by serving on this commission, I will be able to support my peers around the world in their endeavors.”

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts ten colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,   the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science .  

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