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FAU Names Vicki S. Katz Director of Development for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science

            BOCA RATON, FL (April 12, 2007) -- Florida Atlantic University recently named Vicki S. Katz, CFRE,  director of development for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science.  

            Serving as a member of University Advancement, Katz comes to FAU with senior level fund-raising, planned giving and special events experience in a variety of settings.   She has led capital campaigns and annual fund raising programs.   In addition, Katz has headed major gift solicitations and stewardship initiatives.  In her new position, she will be responsible for all fund-raising activities in the College of Biomedical Science.  

            From 1999 through 2006, Katz was the director of development for Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options (JAFCO), a nonprofit child abuse agency based in Sunrise, Fla. JAFCO operates group residences for children from its 6-acre campus and an emergency shelter for victims of child abuse.  By completing JAFCO’s $6 million capital campaign, Katz helped define the organization’s mission and future.   Katz created all donor recognition programs for the agency and built an information database of donors and prospects.   Through her leadership of JAFCO’s development office, Katz raised much of the $3.8 million budget and more than $1 million in new grants.   

Katz served as president and chief operating officer for the Sunrise (Fla.) Chamber of Commerce from 1996 through 1999.   In this role she doubled membership and liaised with officials from government, schools, the tourism industry and the business community. Katz organized special events, managed volunteers and worked directly with corporate business leaders.  In addition, she was assistant director/membership director of the Greater Hollywood (Fla.) Chamber of Commerce.  

From 1993 through 1995, Katz was director of marketing for Nova Southeastern University’s International Center for Tourism and Hospitality Management where she created direct mail and telemarketing campaigns, and handled and implemented the Center’s public relations and advertising strategies.  

            “We are pleased to welcome Vicki Katz to the College of Biomedical Science,” said Deborah “Dee” Robinson, associate vice president, University Advancement. “With her impeccable background as a fund-raiser and community relations specialist, Katz will undoubtedly provide this newest of FAU’s nine colleges with a strategy for fund raising success.   I am impressed by her enthusiasm and her work ethic.”

            Katz earned her bachelor’s degree from Nova Southeastern University’s School of Hospitality Management.   As a nationally certified fund raising executive, she subscribes to carrying out the best practices of her profession.   Katz is a member of many professional and community organizations, including the Planned Giving Council of Broward County, the Boca Raton Estate Planning Council and the Association of Fund Raising Professionals.

            “I am thrilled to join FAU’s Division of University Advancement as the College of Biomedical Science’s first development officer,” said Katz.   “With top-rated faculty and outstanding students, this college already has a strong presence in the community.   By building relationships with donors and friends, I will seek funding for educational programs, scholarships and research projects. My efforts are part of a University-wide directive that will bring new resources and support to FAU.

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serv es 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 nine colleges:  the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Barry Kaye College of Business and the Colleges of   Education, Engineering & Computer Science, and Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs.

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