MELBOURNE, FLA.— Dorothy “Dotty” Allen, former president and chief executive officer of the Wuesthoff Health System Foundation, has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president of development at Florida Institute of Technology. Allen reports to Ken Stackpoole, senior vice president for advancement, and oversees day-to-day operations of the university’s fundraising efforts.
“We are pleased to have someone of Dotty’s experience and reputation to join our team,” Stackpoole said. “Florida Tech has ambitious development goals as we enhance our campus for learning and research. Having Dotty help us achieve those goals is an exciting prospect.”
Allen had been with the Wuesthoff Health System Foundation in Rockledge since 2004, where she was responsible for a system-wide, comprehensive philanthropy program. While there, she executed a highly successful community networking and donor cultivation effort.
“Philanthropy is about building relationships with people, seeking to understand their dreams and concerns, and offering ways to fulfill those dreams and address those concerns,” Allen said. “Florida Tech is an outstanding university with an excellent reputation. I look forward to helping it secure a brighter financial future.”
Active in many community organizations, Allen currently is board chair of the Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida. She has served on the boards of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and Brevard Cultural Alliance. She has been active in the Brevard County Estate Planning Council, Civilian Military Council, Economic Development Commission of the Space Coast, Association of Fund Raising Professionals Space Coast Chapter, Brevard Art Museum, and the Women’s Center of South Brevard.
Before moving to the Space Coast, Allen was vice president for development and public relations at The Forsyth Institute in Boston, Mass., an organization dedicated to research and education in oral and craniofacial biology and related biomedical sciences. She held similar leadership positions for Massachusetts health systems in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s.
Allen holds a bachelor of arts from Norwich University and a certificate in management development from Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Business. After seven years as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), she achieved the Fellows accreditation (FAHP) in 2001 in the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the highest credential conferred by the organization, and has chaired the AHP International Board of Certification for two years. For the past seven years, Allen has served as an associate dean and faculty member for the prestigious AHP Institute for Healthcare Philanthropy, presented annually in partnership with the Graduate School of Business, University of Wisconsin, Madison.