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The University of South Florida is pleased to announce the appointment of Jay Stroman as our senior vice president of advancement and alumni affairs and CEO of the USF Foundation.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jay Stroman as senior vice president of advancement and alumni affairs and CEO of the USF Foundation. Stroman served most recently as senior associate vice president for development and alumni relations at the University of Georgia (UGA). He brings 20 years of highly successful institutional advancement experience to USF. His appointment began June 1.


“Jay is a dynamic development leader who will build strong relationships with our alumni and community supporters, advocate for the university’s top priorities and develop creative strategies for sustainable philanthropy. His demonstrated track record of cultivating significant giving, as well as his enthusiasm for higher education makes him the perfect fit for our next chapter as a university,” USF President Steven Currall said.


Since joining UGA in 2014, Stroman helped coordinate and lead a capital campaign that exceeded its $1.2 billion goal more than a year earlier than the original target date. He also played a key role in securing a $30 million gift, the largest in the 200-plus year history of the state’s flagship university, and establishing more than 500 endowed need-based scholarships. During his tenure, UGA increased its annual fundraising from $95 million to over $230 million, and increased the alumni participation rate from 9% to 14%. Stroman worked closely with UGA Athletics to implement new fundraising initiatives that resulted in raising more than $120 million for new athletic facilities in four years.


Prior to his time at UGA, Stroman spent six years as vice president for advancement at Young Harris College, a private, liberal arts college located in northeast Georgia. While at Young Harris, the college completed its largest capital campaign and secured its largest single gift in the institution’s history.


From 1999 to 2008, Stroman served in a variety of development and advancement leadership roles at Mercer University during a period when the university completed a $350 million capital campaign. He also spent five years as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Mercer. Stroman earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Mercer in 1991. He and his wife, Tonya, have two daughters, Allie and Holly.


“I am truly honored to join the University of South Florida, one of the nation’s most promising and fastest-rising universities,” said Stroman. “Over the course of my career, I have gained a deep appreciation of the critical need for strong philanthropic support at a major research university. I am very excited by the opportunity to lead a successful advancement program and play a key role in collaborating across the institution to develop new strategic initiatives that benefit our students, faculty, staff, alumni and region.”


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