Law school fund-raising efforts intensify

Published: October 30th, 2000

Category: News

Recent staff hirings bring the law school’s Development & Alumni Affairs Office to full strength, allowing renewed concentration on fund raising for a new building and the 2000-2001 Annual Fund campaign. Director Donald Hale, who joined the college in April, now oversees a staff of six. Major funding efforts — including those to benefit students, faculty and academic programs — and scheduling of increased alumni activities are well underway. D&AA employees include:

Wendy Witten, Associate Director of Development. Witten will concentrate on funding for the new Student/Faculty Center and other major fund-raising projects. She has a B.A. in art history from Tufts University and J.D. from UF. She most recently worked as an insurance claims analyst for R.E.M. Inc., in Atlanta.

Denise Stobbie, Associate Director of Alumni & Donor Relations. Stobbie is longtime editor of UF Lawyer magazine, and now also coordinates stewardship, Annual Fund appeals, and the Alumni Affairs Web site ( She holds a B.S. in journalism and communications from UF and accreditation in public relations.

Kelley Wood, Assistant Director of Development & Alumni Affairs. Wood works on the Annual Fund campaign, including raising funds for Book Awards and other initiatives, and coordinates alumni events and reunions throughout the state and nation. She also coordinates Law Alumni Council programs. She has a B.S. in political science and M.S. in sports administraton from Georgia State University. She was previously the travel coordinator for the UF Athletic Association.

“We’re all now concentrating on our Annual Fund campaign, which last year contributed over $330,000 to the law school,” Hale said. “This is a very important effort, since monies raised are the primary source of funding for our student organizations and various academic initiatives.” “Obviously the more we raise, the more the Dean’s Office can allocate to our student groups,” Hale noted. “Hopefully, current students will remember this, and the many beneficial uses we make of alumni donations, when they graduate and become alumni.” Hale, whose primary focus is major gift fundraising, previously was Associate Development Director for the UF College of Pharmacy, and was the Orlando Mayor’s Office neighborhood associations liaison. He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Meinrad College and master’s degree from Catholic University of America. Rounding out the D&AA staff are longtime Program Assistant Trudi Reid, Secretary Janice Faison, and Student Assistant Debra Mitchell. Reid manages mass mailings, facilitates travel, assists with budgets and coordinates various office programs. Faison serves as receptionist, and performs a number of office assignments involving mailings, events and travel. Mitchell assists in multiple office projects. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina, and is entering UF’s law school in Spring 2001.

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