VICE PRESIDENT FOR UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT FINALIST
Susan Buchanan Smith serves as Vice President of Philanthropy for St. Jude Medical Center. In this capacity Susan is a member of the hospital’s executive management team with responsibility for all philanthropic activities as well as the department of volunteer services. During Susan’s 17 year tenure at the Medical Center, fund raising projects adopted by the Board of Directors have resulted in $95M raised in support of construction of new facilities, acquisition of technology, new equipment, and programs for the families served by St. Jude Medical Center. Planned Estate Gift expectancies have grown from $2.5M to more than $25M.
Prior to joining St. Jude, Susan was Executive Director of Development at California State University, Fullerton. In this capacity, she was responsible for providing fund raising leadership to 7 Colleges and University Advancement in the area of annual giving, grant development, individual and major giving for scholarships, educational programs and facilities.
Susan holds a Masters degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton and has been awarded the distinction of Fellow in the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the highest level of accreditation in AHP. With more than 20 years of fund raising experience, Susan has served in a number of leadership roles in the profession. In August 2001, the Association of Fund Raising Professionals Orange County Chapter selected her Outstanding Fund Raising Professional of Orange County .