University of West Florida announces new associate vice president for development
The University of West Florida has announced Cynthia Anderson as associate vice president for development within the Division of University Advancement.
“I am pleased to welcome Cynthia to our great team, where she will play an important leadership role,” said Howard J. Reddy, vice president for university advancement. “Cynthia is a passionate higher education advocate who brings more than 25 years of experience in the field of fundraising. Her leadership and expertise will be invaluable as UWF forges new horizons.”
In this role, Anderson will serve as a principal advisor to Reddy on all division matters and work with him to create an effective fundraising team. She will lead the development and alumni relations efforts and bring renewed focus to pipeline building, strategic engagement and best practices.
In addition, she will provide leadership, strategic planning, counsel and assistance to unit directors within the division on matters related to fundraising, accountability and staff. She will also lead and manage campuswide development activities in consultation with the deans and directors of individual colleges, schools, direct support corporations and athletics.
“I’m honored to join UWF during a time of great growth and advancement for the University,” Anderson said. “I look forward to building relationships with alumni, stakeholders and others within the UWF community who will transform the University through philanthropy.”
Anderson holds more than two decades of professional fundraising experience. She previously served as the chief development officer for the southern region for the American College of Rheumatology Research Foundation in Atlanta.
She has held development leadership roles in higher education at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Prior to her career in higher education, Anderson, who holds a certificate of nonprofit management, led nonprofits to fundraising excellence.
Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and public relations from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon.
She has been named “Fundraising Executive of the Year” by the Central Ohio Association of Fundraising Professionals and is often asked to be a guest speaker at AFP events.
For more information about the Division of University Advancement, visit uwf.edu/advancement.