Kevin M. Hughes brings more than 15 years of leadership experience to the position, including an impressive track record in raising major gifts, and building and maintaining meaningful relationships with donors and alumni.
(Sarasota-Manatee, FL) The New College Foundation announces the appointment of Kevin M. Hughes as its new associate vice president of advancement. Hughes previously served as the assistant dean of development and alumni relations at Stetson University College of Law. In his new position, Hughes will be responsible for the development and management of annual giving, major gifts and planned giving initiatives. In addition, he will provide leadership for alumni engagement opportunities and oversee the management of daily operations.
“Kevin is an outstanding addition to our leadership team,” says MaryAnne Young, New College Foundation’s vice president of advancement and executive director. “He has an impressive track record of building philanthropic support, managing institutional fundraising campaigns, and creating innovative—and successful—donor and alumni engagement programs. I look forward to working with Kevin to take our advancement efforts to the next transformative level.”
Hughes says he’s looking forward to “learning as much as he can about the aspirations and goals of New College and the Sarasota-Manatee community.” As a first-generation college graduate, he feels a deep connection to New College Foundation’s mission.
“Scholarships made my college education possible,” says Hughes. “Coming from that background, I’m passionate about joining the Foundation’s efforts to empower the next generation of college students.”
Hughes adds that he’s deeply impressed with the caliber of people who make up the New College family. “I look forward to working closely with all of them,” he says. “That includes faculty, students, alumni, staff, board members, and our community and state champions. We all share a common cause. New College has an extraordinary legacy and dynamic trajectory; its strategic growth benefits our entire region.”
At Stetson University College of Law, Hughes managed a seven-person staff. His team was responsible for all development and alumni relations activities for the College of Law’s 11,000 alumni. In addition to working as the chief fundraiser, Hughes also managed a portfolio of 75+ major and planned gift prospects and provided leadership and strategic coordination of the office’s efforts in major giving, annual giving, planned giving, alumni relations, database management and gift processing. During his five years at Stetson, the institution experienced significant increases in alumni participation rate, donor retention rate, annual fund growth, planned giving commitments, and major gift commitments. It also established more than 30 new scholarship endowments.
Before his tenure at Stetson, Hughes was a development officer at Denison University (2010-2014); and a senior development officer at the OhioHealth Foundation (2007-2010). He is a member of AALS (Association of American Law Schools – Section on Institutional Advancement) and CASE (Council for Advancement & Support of Education.) Hughes received Bachelor of Science degrees in political science and biology at Allegheny College.
About New College of Florida
Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida educates intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement. As the legislatively designated Honors College of Florida, New College offers 35 undergraduate majors and a master’s degree program in data science. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 800 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning.