FLORENCE---John P. (Jay) Dowd of Columbia has been appointed vice president for development at Francis Marion University, effective July 1.
In making the announcement Thursday (June 17), FMU President Fred Carter said Dowd also would serve as executive director of the FMU Foundation. He replaces Scott Faulkenberry, who resigned to enter private business.
“We are delighted that someone with Jay Dowd’s experience will lead our fund-raising efforts,” said Carter. “With his familiarity of South Carolina, and of the Pee Dee in particular, he will be a big asset to the university as we continue to seek financial support from the private sector.”
A native of Bennettsville, Dowd has been vice president for advancement at Columbia College since November 2000, where he directed the college’s multi-million dollar fund-raising campaign that has generated more than $10 million of the $25 million goal. In addition to fund-raising, he also managed the college’s alumnae and public relations functions.
“I’m excited about joining the FMU community and getting back to the Pee Dee,” said Dowd. “Francis Marion has made tremendous strides under Fred Carter’s leadership, and I look forward to promoting the university’s mission and goals to the region’s business community. I’m also enthusiastic about working with the leadership of the FMU Foundation in seeking support for the university.”
FMU has two years remaining in its five-year capital campaign that has reached 143 percent of goal with $17.1 million raised to date.
Dowd, 37, also has been assistant vice chancellor for university advancement at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, vice president for institutional advancement at Methodist College in Fayetteville, N.C., and associate vice president for institutional advancement at Limestone College in Gaffney.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Winthrop University in 1989 and a master’s degree in student personnel services at the University of South Carolina in 1993.
Active in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, he is co-chairing the District III program committee’s philanthropy track for 2004 and 2005.
He is president of the Central Carolina Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, vice chairman of the board of Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, and chairman of the Commission on Education of Shandon United Methodist Church in Columbia.
He is married to the former Kim Littlefield of Scottsdale, Ariz., and they have a son, Gibson, 3, and a daughter, Brauer, 2. He is the son of J.P. Dowd Jr. of Bennettsville and Barry Gibson Webster of Roanoke, Va.
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