As Executive Director for Advancement, Cindy Alexander guides efforts in raising corporate and foundation gifts in support of the University’s innovative mission to educate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). She works with University staff and faculty to strategically respond to funding opportunities and needs that are consistent with and advance the University’s goals.
Cindy Alexander comes to Florida Polytechnic University with 30 years of experience as an advancement professional, a community volunteer leader and the inaugural volunteer chair of the Florida Polytechnic University Foundation. Her career as a fundraiser and event planner includes both professional and volunteer roles steering efforts to increase resources for community non-profits. She brings experience that includes capital campaigns, major gift solicitations, annual fund drives, strategic planning, prospect research, special events planning, donor recognition plans, multi-year marketing systems, volunteer training, public speaking and strategic planning.
She was the Chief Operating Officer for the United Way of Central Florida until 2008 when she retired from this position and continued as a Major Gifts Consultant until 2010. Her 20-year United Way career included oversight responsibility for the Development, Marketing, and Finance Departments, including Major Gifts. She continued her work as a volunteer leader and guided several successful campaigns, including the Bok Tower Gardens Capital Campaign, Lake Wales Arts Council, United Way of Central Florida’s Annual Campaign and Alexis De Tocqueville Society, as well as TILT and 2014 PIVOT campaigns for scholarships.
She was elected Chair of the Florida Polytechnic University Inaugural Foundation Board of Directors in 2012. Her volunteer fundraising work and leadership for the University began in 2007 as member of a team that developed a University-led science and technology summer camp for middle school students and as a member of the Executive Committee for POLY Vision. Additional volunteer roles include Vice Chair of Bok Tower Gardens Board, Alexis de Tocqueville Chair and Campaign Chair for United Way of Central Florida, as well as a member of Polk Leadership, Lakeland Leadership and Mountain Lake Community Service Board.
Cindy Alexander holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Economics from Agnes Scott College in Georgia.