GGC names Buckheister vice president for Advancement

Lori Buckheister

Lori Buckheister 

Georgia Gwinnett College President Stanley C. “Stas” Preczewski announced today that Lori M. Buckheister has been selected as the college’s new vice president for Advancement.

“We are delighted to welcome Ms. Buckheister to the GGC leadership team,” said Preczewski. “Her experience in higher education advancement will serve her well as she assumes this role and further strengthens the efforts of the college and the GGC Foundation to provide resources that support student success through the areas of alumni relations, development and advancement services.”  

For the past three years, Buckheister has served as GGC’s associate vice president for Development. She has been responsible for providing leadership in the key areas of annual giving, principal gifts, corporate and foundation relations, gift planning, prospect development, gift management, information management and stewardship.

“I am excited to serve the college in this role,” said Buckheister. “The partnerships between the college, the foundation and their supporters are inspiring. Along with my team, I look forward to continuing to build upon these relationships, both internally and throughout the community, which will contribute to the strategic goals of Georgia Gwinnett College. Philanthropy plays a key role in providing the margin of excellence critical to our students’ success.”

Buckheister came to GGC in 2006 as the director of Development. She assisted in the administration of GGC’s Foundation and led the creation and implementation of the college’s strategic development plan. Buckheister was previously the director of major gifts for the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. 

She began her career in university advancement as director of gift stewardship at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.  Buckheister also served as the director of Development for Reynolda House Museum of American Art at Wake Forest.

During her career, Buckheister has been a critical participant in campaigns that have totaled more than $500 million. She led efforts to secure $180 million in support for the college and in outlining a philanthropic infrastructure designed to synchronize with the rapid growth of Georgia Gwinnett.

“Lori’s leadership at the college will be instrumental as the GGC Foundation refines its focus on supporting the college’s efforts to enhance the student experience,” said Tommy Hughes, chair of the GGC Foundation Board of Trustees.  

Buckheister earned her master’s of art degree in religion from Wake Forest University and her bachelor’s of science degree in business administration from Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C.  She is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Gwinnett.  She and her husband, Davis, live in Suwanee, Ga., with their two children.

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