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Friday, September 4, 1998

Jessup Named to Advancement Staff

SALISBURY, MD--Michael H. Jessup Jr. was recently named assistant director of annual giving at Salisbury State University.

As staff member with SSU's Office of University Advancement Jessup directs a broad-based solicitation program of individuals, mainly alumni and parents, for gifts that provide the University with unrestricted, recurring annual support. One of his first priorities will be the design of a comprehensive annual giving program for the campus, including an effective volunteer structure.

Michael's addition successfully completes our university advancement team, said Martin Williams, vice president of university advancement. We now have the appropriate staff to pursue our ambitious fund-raising goals as revealed recently at our capital campaign kickoff, Our Campaign for Excellence, Campaign 2002. Michael's solid development background will enable SSU to begin to realize its Annual Fund potential. We're fortunate to have been able to attract someone with Michael's outstanding credentials.

Jessup will report to SSU's director of alumni relations, Roy Perdue.

Jessup, 34, was director of development at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, MD, from 1995-98. While at Archbishop Spalding, Jessup oversaw an increase in the school's Annual Giving Fund of 60 percent. The schoo'ls donor base increased from 1,500 donors to 6,000 during his tenure. Additionally, he created an Office of Alumni Services as well as an Alumni Association with a board of directors and officers.

Previously he was development manager for the Maryland affiliate of the American Diabetes Association from 1994-95. He received his Bachelor of Science in marketing from Towson University in 1986.

Jessup is a member of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives.

The SSU Foundation is a nonprofit organization which raises private funding for numerous academic and cultural activities at the University not covered by state funds. Donations made through the Foundation have endowed schools, provided scholarships and grants for research, and funded the University Galleries, visiting lecturers, cultural events and field trips.


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