As dean of Florida State University's College of Education, Marcy Driscoll is no stranger to conversations about giving. Since 2005, she has raised over $32 million in gifts and commitments with a consistent focus on student scholarships.
"I am proud to say that the College of Education has more scholarships than any other college on campus," she says, "and we offer more scholarship dollars than any other college of education in the state of Florida."
Dean Driscoll's success is due in equal parts to the fact that she has never asked anyone to do something that she is unwilling to do herself and her genuine enjoyment for development work.
"It has been one of my favorite parts of the job," she says. "We have very supportive alumni who care about FSU, and getting to know them and seeing them at events has been great fun."
Having spent more than 38 years serving FSU, Dean Driscoll cares deeply about its future. It's a future in which she plans to take part—even though she's retiring later this year.
Dean Driscoll and her husband, Robert E. "Robin" Driscoll, have been very proactive in incorporating the university in their personal estate plans. She and Robin first joined the Westcott Society in 2011, when they documented bequests in their estate. More recently, the couple updated their personal estate commitment to FSU, which now exceeds $1.2 million.
"My history with Florida State has given me a lot," Dean Driscoll says. "I am happy that I can give back to support its future."
Their total contribution will create three funds for three different programs:
While Dean Driscoll will be missed, her work with the university will not be forgotten—nor will her personal commitment to FSU's future success and the success of its students and faculty.
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