Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Benedict College


United States

United States


Leandra Hayes-Burgess, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Benedict College As Vice President for Institutional Advancement, I serve as the external relations and chief fundraising officer for the College. I am responsible for working with all areas/departments of the College to develop meaningful external partnerships related to funding, research opportunities, economic development, and strategic initiatives. My previous roles include: Senior Development Director, University of Miami; Assistant Vice President for Major and Planned Gifts, Claflin University; Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Talladega College; Director of Development, Bennett College for Women; and Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Director of Alumni Affairs at Livingstone College. My degrees and certifications include: Bachelor of Arts degree in communication arts, Johnson C. Smith University; Master of Arts degree in philanthropy and development, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota; a certificate in Management and Leadership from Harvard University, and I am a Certified Fund Raising Executive.

Reasons to join the program

Benedict College is one of 103 Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States. These institutions educate over 250,000 minority students who significantly contribute to the national and global workforce. Benedict College offers over 26 programs of study with strong signature programs in business administration inclusive of an MBA program, entrepreneurship, environmental engineering, computer engineering, Esports, and cybersecurity. [expand title=”Read more…”] The College currently generates over $130 million in total economic impact for its local and regional economies. Located in a largely manufacturer driven state (South Carolina) and economy, the College is seeking to expand its reach beyond the state and region to a national and global level. We are looking to engage national and global leaders in the following areas but not limited to: HBCU cluster initiatives, business development, technical assistance, study abroad and student/faculty exchange programs, professional development and credentialing, and satellite campus programs. Benedict College also has a wide –array of research interests and expertise that ranges transportation, biomedical, cancer, molecular biology, physical sciences and materials sciences to name a few. In addition, we have depth in transportation, operations research, machine learning, data science, and statistics topics where these can be applied to industry and agencies for more efficient operations. We also have capabilities in manufacturing and production planning, associated technologies and machine learning applications for data analysis, as well as cybersecurity, autonomous and connected systems, resilient systems and cities, emergency response, cyberphysical systems which are trending and critical topics. As a 20-year experienced HBCU senior-level administrator and proxy for Benedict’s President and CEO, Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, I am well versed on the regional and national value proposition for Benedict College and HBCUs at-large. My attendance at ACE and engagement with attendees will be intentional, focused, and outcomes driven.  [/expand]