hires new major gifts officer
(Oct. 5, 2001) - Florida Southern College has named Eric Dennis
as major gifts officer. Reporting to the vice president for advancement
and working in conjunction
with the entire fund-raising team, the major gifts officer is responsible
for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors
to secure gifts of at least $10,000 annually. Additionally, Eric
will spend at least 25 percent of his time fundraising for athletics.
pleased to have Eric join our fundraising team," said Robert
H. Tate, vice president for advancement. "A native of Winter
Haven and a graduate of Santa Fe High School, Eric has many connections
in the Polk County area. His experience in both athletics and
fundraising will help him as he works to secure additional funding
for the college."
A former college
basketball player, Dennis was among the first employees of the Orlando
Magic when he took the position of director of video scouting and
special events in 1986. He later became the advance scout, working
with players during practice sessions. During his employment with
Orlando Magic, Dennis founded "The Magic Youth Camp,"
which became the Magic Youth Foundation. He also served as operations
director for "The Orlando All-Star Classic."
From 1991 to
1995 Dennis served as regional scout for the Detroit Pistons. He
became general manager and head coach at the minor league level,
giving him an opportunity to coach several players who moved on
to successful NBA careers.
a season at Indiana State University before taking a position as
college administrator at Robert Morris College in Illinois and later
Hood College in Maryland. Most recently, he served as director of
athletic fundraising at Chicago State University.
his bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida and
a master's degree in educational leadership from Chicago State University.
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.