The University of North Florida recognized Lee Anderson Louy, director of philanthropic service at North Florida Land Trust, with the Thomas Mulkeen Award.
The award honors the doctoral dissertation that best exemplifies practice-centered inquiry. Louy’s dissertation is “The Role Academic Deans Play in Public Higher Education Fundraising.”
“We are proud of Lee for this wonderful honor and are very lucky that she is a leader in our philanthropic department,” North Florida Land Trust President Jim McCarthy said in a news release.
“Lee joined us in August of last year and has helped to expand our donor base. We could not do what we do without her efforts.”
In her dissertation, Louy focused on understanding the role of the academic dean in fundraising from their perspective and how to better prepare them for their role.
Louy received her doctorate of education and master’s in public administration from UNF where she also was director of development for its College of Education and Human Services before joining the Land Trust.
At UNF, she worked with academic deans to develop strategies and secured $8.3 million in gifts and commitments.
Louy leads the fundraising arm for the nonprofit land conservation organization comprising the Amelia Forever Campaign, the Campaign to Save the Small Islands, the O2O Wildlife Corridor Campaign and the general donation initiative which helps the nonprofit with acquisitions, stewardship and operating costs.