Hodges University announced today that the non-profit institution has contracted former Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) President Dr. Bill Merwin as a consultant. Merwin will assist Hodges University in developing a planned giving program.
“I have known Bill since he came to this area and have always admired his many successes while at FGCU,” said Dr. Terry McMahan, President of Hodges. “Dr. Merwin will assist us in developing and executing a comprehensive, systematic, and sustained approach to planned giving that will be appropriate for our needs. We feel very fortunate to have Bill working on our behalf and our advancement staff is excited to have Dr. Merwin on our team.”
Merwin is equally excited about working with the University. “Hodges University does such great things for our community, yet they do not currently have an active planned giving program,” said Merwin. “The economic climate right now is suitable for deferred giving, and I hope to develop a strategic plan that will offer prospective donors a broad range of options for supporting Hodges University. I’m looking forward to working with them to not only establish a program that will suit their needs, but that will help this fine institution grow and continue to serve our area.
“I regard the leadership at Hodges with the highest esteem. To me, Hodges has always provided a wonderful higher education experience in this area, and the work they have done in educating their students, especially students with life responsiblities, has had an incredibly positive effect on our local workforce.”
Merwin is currently assisting with various fund raising activities throughout the area. Merwin served as president of FGCU from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. During his tenure there, Merwin and his staff raised over $250 million, erected 60 buildings, instituted a Division 1 inter-collegiate athletic program and initiated 40 new academic degree programs.