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Christopher Simoneau Named Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the FGCU Foundation

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) President Wilson Bradshaw announced the appointment of Mr. Christopher Simoneau as the new Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the FGCU Foundation, effective July 1, 2013. Mr. Simoneau will lead FGCU’s advancement programs and initiatives for fundraising, alumni affairs, marketing, and community relations. He will also serve as a member of the President's Cabinet, FGCU's executive leadership group.

Mr. Simoneau's most recent exerience was with Tufts University, where he served as Senior Director of University Advancement, and earlier as Director of Central Development Programs for Tufts’ highly successful $1.2 billion fundraising campaign that concluded in June 2011. His previous higher education experience includes as Associate Vice President for Strategic Planning and University Relations at Case Western Reserve University; at Columbia University as Director of Contract Services in Student Services, and Associate Director for Administration for the Earth Institute; and Business Manager for the Princeton University Materials Institute. Mr. Simoneau has additional experience in the private sector, including in the areas of strategic management, finance and administration.

"It is a pleasure to welcome Chris Simoneau to the FGCU leadership team," said Florida Gulf Coast University President Wilson Bradshaw. "His background of highly successful fundraising for universities coupled with private sector experience in the business world uniquely position him to lead our fundraising, alumni affairs, marketing, and community relations programs, and I look forward to introducing Chris to FGCU's many supporters and friends."

"I am truly honored and humbled to join President Bradshaw and the FGCU leadership team as we continue the evolution of this great university," said Mr. Simoneau. "The vibrancy and energy are infectious, and it will be a pleasure to work with alumni and friends in support of this exciting momentum. I am particularly interested in the commitment of FGCU to citizenship and public service, and supporting first generation college students. I look forward to partnering with the FGCU Foundation Board of Directors on developing our alumni and fundraising efforts."

Mr. Simoneau holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University Business School, and a B.S. in Finance from Villanova University School of Business.

For more information, contact Vice President and Chief of Staff Susan Evans at (239) 590-1057,, or Christopher Simoneau at

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