Letter From The Senior Vice President

Gary Grant VP DevelopmentWhat a year this has been!

I have never been more proud to be at Florida Tech than I have been throughout this pandemic year.

Leadership had to step up to make often tough (but good) decisions. Faculty had to step up to adapt their teaching to remote learning. Students stepped up to adhere to mask and distancing protocols more diligently than many other schools. Staff had to step up to overcome the hurdles and pivot to a new working paradigm.

And alumni stepped up to surpass all our goals for fundraising.

Highlight moments include the emergency student fund, which met the early needs of families most impacted directly or economically by COVID. Trustees, faculty, and staff supported impacted employees on campus. We so appreciate the University Financing Foundation (TUFF) which donated $1million to help during the time of economic challenge and uncertainty.

After an extraordinary Day of Giving, we went on to have the best year in known history for the percentage of alumni supporting and we exceeded our total fundraising goal, reaching nearly $7.2M. We had to cancel the Evening of Hope fundraising gala for the Scott Center but raised three times as much as the previous year to support our programs for children with Autism. We appreciate Alan Smith for donating his red Corvette for a raffle that raised $60,000 of that, as well as all of the major sponsors who continued to give and new donors like the Unchained Kings Motorcycle Club.

I’m grateful for my team for pivoting well in the pandemic—so well that we were awarded the Grand Gold Prize by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Thank you to all the alumni and parents who visited virtually with me, my team, and our student ambassadors. We intend to keep this more personal and face-to-face model in the future, so look forward to getting to know our amazing students more each year.

And as you will see throughout our website, time and talent are equally important to us. 390 of our alumni, parents, and friends in senior leadership positions in companies throughout the world gave time to mentor students, meet with prospective students, and work with faculty as strategic advisors. And over 100 were ambassadors for Day of Giving.

This next year, we will continue to engage alumni in advancing the mission of the university through advisory panels so that you can share your experience to help keep Florida Tech on the cutting edge.

I cannot express in words how meaningful it is that you so tangibly join us in our mission.

Thank you for all your support,

Gary Grant