: Linda Holtz
FAU Names Avy Weberman Director of Development for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
BOCA RATON, FL (October 2, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University’s Division of University Advancement recently named Avy Weberman director of development for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. As part of the Division of University Advancement, Weberman has assumed responsibility for all fund-raising activities within the college..
“We are pleased to welcome a development officer of Avy Weberman’s caliber to the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science,” said Randy Talbot, University Advancement senior vice president and FAU Foundation executive director. “His sincerity, enthusiasm for higher education and expertise in fundraising will serve him well as he stewards our long standing donors and searches for new opportunities.”
Weberman brings to FAU more than 25 years experience in development and non-profit management. Most recently, he served as director of development for the College of Engineering & Computing at Florida International University (FIU) where he cultivated and solicited major gifts from a broad constituency that was made up of individuals, corporations, industry associations and foundations. During his five years at FIU, Weberman was responsible for a $1.75 million foundation gift for an endowed professorship and a $1.42 million foundation gift for a neuro-engineering research program. His efforts also yielded $700,000 in endowed scholarships, $200,000 in industry grants and more than $500,000 in donated equipment, software licenses and professional services. Weberman worked closely with the dean and department chairs to prioritize the college’s greatest needs and was instrumental in securing industry financial support and participation in key research projects. In addition, Weberman staffed the College’s Advisory Council for Engineering (ACE), the various departmental industry advisory boards, and recruited senior corporate leadership to assist the College in its efforts to reach higher levels of academic and research excellence. He managed special events and donor recognition programs within the college, and initiated and coordinated the dean’s annual reception for scholarship donors and recipients.
From 1996 through 2003, Weberman was the director of development at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center (MAR-JCC) in North Miami Beach. In this position, he managed and directed a $13.7 million capital development campaign. Weberman attained campaign benchmarks by closing major capital and endowment gifts. During his tenure, Weberman created a planned giving program. He authored corporate, foundation and government grants, and saw his efforts realized with significant grant awards including a Kresge Challenge Grant and government funding. Weberman also negotiated key corporate sponsorships that provided ongoing annual support for the MAR-JCC’s many cultural, educational, recreational athletic, and social programs and activities.
Weberman joined the staff of Maimonides School in Brookline, Mass., in 1994. Assuming the directorial position at the school’s newly established office of development, Weberman developed campaign and endowment fund campaign strategies and created a planned giving program. He centered his efforts on major gift prospects. Beginning in 1983, first in an assistant director capacity and then as executive director, Weberman oversaw all operations for the State of Israel Bonds, St. Louis Regional Office. Over the course of his 11 years with the organization, Weberman coordinated community campaigns, direct-mail solicitations and telethons. His outreach to top level individuals, organizations and corporations resulted in significant Israel Bond purchases and high participation rates in the annual campaigns.
A 1973 graduate of Yeshiva University of New York, where he received his bachelor’s degree in economics, Weberman also earned a master’s degree of social work from Yeshiva’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work.
“I am delighted to join FAU’s Division of University Advancement,” said Weberman. “I feel very fortunate to be raising funds for such an exciting and young university, and hope that my efforts will result in new gifts and new supporters for the college.
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 10 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.