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Published on January 9th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Benedict College Names Leandra Hayes-Burgess VP of Institutional Advancement

Burgess has successfully secured over $60 million in support for higher education

Columbia, SC- Dr. Roslyn C. Artis, President and CEO of Benedict College, recently announced the appointment of Mrs. Leandra Hayes-Burgess as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement for Benedict College. Dr. Artis introduced the Fort Lauderdale, Florida native during the opening faculty and staff meetings for Spring 2018. Mrs. Hayes-Burgess has a proven track record as a successful fundraiser and advancement professional for a number of higher education institutions.

“We are excited to welcome Mrs. Haynes-Burgess to the Benedict family! In addition to her successes as a development executive, she is also a product of a HBCU and is committed to the success of its students and institutions. Most importantly, Mrs. Hayes-Burgess is passionate about promoting and developing the BEST of BC!” said Dr. Artis.

In her most recent role as the Senior Development Director for Central Initiatives and Scholarships at the University of Miami, she was responsible for the development of strategic fundraising and marketing plans that secured six-figure and multi-million dollar gifts. These major gift acquisitions were used in support of scholarships, study abroad opportunities, experiential learning, student life enhancement projects and the University’s library system. She also served as a lead solicitor and strategist for the president’s Roadmap to the New Century plan.

Over the span of her fundraising career, Mrs. Hayes-Burgess has successfully assisted colleges and universities, secure over $60 million in support of their missions, programs and services. She previously served as the Assistant Vice President for Major and Planned Gifts at Claflin University, the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Talladega College; Director of Development for Bennett College for Women; and Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Director of Alumni Affairs at Livingstone College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication arts from Johnson C. Smith University, a Master of Arts degree in philanthropy and development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, a certificate in Management and Leadership from Harvard University and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.

About Benedict College

Founded in 1870, Benedict College is a private, co-educational arts institution and home to over 2,100 students in its 33 baccalaureate degree programs.  The College, affiliated with the Baptist Church, is located on 220 acres nestled in the heart of Columbia, SC.  Benedict has high-quality programs of teaching, research, and public service. Over the last seven years, Benedict College has been ranked as one of the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly Magazine for creating social mobility, producing cutting-edge scholarship and research. Benedict recently received the National Civic Engagement Award from The Washington Center for encouraging students to give back to the community. Benedict has over 17,000 proud alumni throughout the nation. The College has been “a power for good” in the community for over 147 years and is a major economic contributor to the region and South Carolina, with an annual economic impact of over $130 million according to a recent UNCF study.


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