Development Pros Join the College of Sciences

The College of Sciences welcomed two development professionals early this month. Courtney Ferencik is the new director of development, and Erin Green is the College’s first development associate. Both started in their new roles on August 1.

Previously, Ferencik led the development efforts in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) and the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences (IBB). During her seven-year tenure, she distinguished herself as a highly effective collaborator. Her individual and collective fundraising results extend well into the tens of millions of dollars in support of faculty research.

Ferencik is a graduate of the University of Alabama (B.A. in communications) and holds the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation. 

Says Associate Vice President for Development Philip Spessard of Ferencik’s appointment: “Incoming Dean of the College of Sciences Susan Lozier, her leadership team, and the faculty will benefit significantly from Courtney’s experience, guidance, leadership, and strategic problem-solving skills, just as the BME and IBB leadership and faculty have benefited over the past several years.”

“I am excited to work alongside Dean Lozier and the school chairs in advancing the vision and aspirations of the College through alumni engagement and philanthropic support. Great work is taking place in the College. With Erin Green on the team, we hope to increase support for our students, faculty, and research,” Ferencik says.

“I cherish the relationships that I have built with alumni and faculty in BME and IBB, and I look forward to the new relationships in the College of Sciences,” she adds.

For almost three years, Erin Green was the development associate in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. In that capacity, she helped staff the Sam Nunn School Advisory Board and assisted in advancing fundraising priorities and donor engagement initiatives. She brings a depth of experience in foundation relations, grant proposals, and donor relations.

Erin is a graduate of Tulane University (B.A. in art history with a minor in Italian) and the Savannah College of Art and Design, in Atlanta (M.S. in arts administration).

“I am excited to work with the faculty, staff, and alumni of the College of Sciences and look forward to learning as much as I can about the important work being done in the schools,” Green says. “My nearly three years of supporting the Ivan Allen College have been incredibly rewarding, and I will do my best to apply my experiences to this new challenge, partnering