Bernadine Douglas

vice president for alumni and college relations

Bernadine DouglasA native Floridian, Douglas most recently worked as vice president of external relations at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, the home base of a multi-site campus that is best known for its focus on aeronautics and aerospace. Previously, she served the University of Central Florida as director of major gifts. Earlier in her career, she was community relations coordinator for Community Coordinated Care for Children, a large non-profit in Orlando.

While employed at Embry Riddle, Douglas successfully closed a scholarship gift of $1.5 million, the largest in that university’s history. She also led the creation of a parents’ giving program and secured the University’s first ever donor funded faculty position. She was also instrumental in bringing the arts to the campus, working in partnership with donors to commission original works of art throughout the campus. At the University of Central Florida, Douglas raised significant gifts including $600,000 for new programs in the college of education, more than $1 million toward the creation of college of medicine, and a $22 million gift of intellectual property to the university. She also developed events to engage prospective donors in the university’s biomedical sciences program.

Douglas holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University—Orlando. Douglas became a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2004 and completed recertification in 2013.

An avid traveler, Douglas enjoys spending time with her daughter, Madison.  They have spent time in New York, the Grand Canyon, and Paris and they hope to visit Mexico in the near future.  She is an enthusiastic practitioner of yoga and an avid reader especially of books around spirituality and of building her understanding.