Marcus Burgess


Claflin University announced that Marcus Burgess has been appointed associate vice president for major and planned gifts.

In the position, Burgess will be responsible for securing gifts of $50,000 and above and developing programs to encourage and cultivate wills and bequeaths.

Burgess began his career in advancement in 2005 at Claflin as the director of alumni affairs/annual fund, serving for seven years and helping the university increase its alumni giving percentage.

Burgess also served in leadership positions at several colleges and universities including Voorhees College in Denmark as the vice president for institutional advancement; Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Fla., as the vice president for university advancement; and most recently York Technical College in Rock Hill as the executive director for campaigns and strategic initiatives. He was also appointed to the CASE (Council for Advancement and Support for Education) District III Board of Directors.

Burgess is the son of Mack (’68) and Janie (’69) Burgess, and is married to Leandra Hayes-Burgess. Together they have three children: Marcus, Mariana and Tyler.

Burgess is a 1996 graduate of Claflin, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He earned his master’s in education administration and supervision in 2000 at The Citadel. He is currently a doctoral student at Vanderbilt University in the Peabody School of Education.

“We are extremely pleased that Mr. Burgess has returned to his alma mater,” said Rev. Dr. Whittaker V. Middleton, vice president for institutional advancement. “His fundraising and alumni engagement experiences and his familiarity with the University are invaluable assets that will help us achieve our fundraising goals to support scholarships, research, and academic programs.”

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