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FGCU Foundation

FGCU Foundation

Board of Directors


The 2016-2017 Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of twenty-four Board Members, eighteen Chairpersons Emeriti, four Ex Officio members, and five Foundation Fellows.

The FGCU Foundation is the channel for private gifts to FGCU through annual giving programs, planned gifts (outright gifts such as securities or real estate or deferred gifts through wills and trusts), and capital and other special-purpose campaigns. The Foundation's principal responsibilities are to raise awareness of the need for private support, to solicit gifts on behalf of FGCU, and exercise fiduciary management of those gifts.

The Board of Directors acts to ensure that the mission and purpose of the Foundation is being fulfilled and that all applicable policies and procedures are being followed. The Board may also vote into action initiatives proposed by its special committees.

Upcoming Board Meetings

  • June 7, 2017

All meetings take place in the Ballroom at the Cohen Center and start at 9:00am unless otherwise noted.
Committee meeting information is on the Notices page.

History and Mission

In 1993, a group of dedicated community leaders formed the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation, Inc., to support the educational mission of Florida Gulf Coast University. The Foundation encourages, solicits, receives and administers gifts for scientific, educational, and charitable purposes, all for the advancement of the University.


David Call Chairperson
Timothy J. Cartwright Vice-Chairperson
Laura A. Holquist Treasurer
Steve L. Magiera Assistant Treasurer
Kimberly L. Johnson Secretary
Christopher J. Simoneau Executive Director
Wilson G. Bradshaw, Ph.D. University President

Elected Members

David Call Daniel Lavender
Timothy J. Cartwright W. Bernard Lester
Thomas Corcoran David Lucas
Dean M. Fjelstul James Nathan
Joseph D. Gammons Geurt C. Peet
Ann H. Hamilton Travus H. Pope
Dennis Hansch G. Jeffrey Provol
David A. Holmes Thomas J. Rice
Laura Holquist Mayela Rosales
Kimberly L. Johnson Samantha Scott
Charles Ketteman Lee J. Seidler
Alex Lambros Allen Weiss, M.D.

Ex Officio Members

Wilson G. Bradshaw, Ph.D. John Counsell
Harry Casimir   Kenneth Smith                

Chairpersons Emeriti

Richard C. Ackert Donald Lesch
Joseph R. Catti Stephen S. McIntosh
Miller Couse Edward A. Morton
Charles B. Edwards F. Fred Pezeshkan
Jeffery D. Fridkin G. David Powell
John D. Fumagalli Duane Stranahan, Jr.
William N. Horowitz Peter Sulick
Charles K. Idelson Linda K. Taylor
James F. Knupp Charles D. Winton

Foundation Fellows

Fay Biles Alan Korest
Barron Collier III Juliet Sproul
Ben Hill Griffin, III  

FGCU Officers

Susan Evans J. Michael Rollo               
Vee Leonard                    Christopher J. Simoneau
Steve L. Magiera Ronald B. Toll