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Bernadine Douglas was named Vice President for External Relations in 2013. She joined the university as Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement in 2007 and became Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement in 2011.

In her new role, Douglas serves as the chief development officer, working directly with university administration and the university Board of Trustees to set philanthropic priorities and secure transformational investments on behalf of the university, its students, faculty, and staff. She oversees all aspects of Embry-Riddle’s development, development communications, alumni relations, and career services activities.

Before joining Embry-Riddle, Douglas was the Director of Development for the University of Central Florida, where she led all fundraising programs for the Burnett College of Biomedical Sciences, now a department in the UCF Medical School. During her six years at UCF, she managed annual fund programs, created a corporate engagement model for the university, and developed special events to identify and inform donors of major gifts.

In addition to academia, Douglas has work experience with two community-based organizations, Children’s Home Society of Florida and Community Coordinated Care for Children.

She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Council for the Support and Advancement of Education.

A native of Central Florida, Douglas holds a Master of Business Administration from Webster University in Orlando and a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida in Gainesville