Susan Ellis Named Senior Director of Development

Oct 29, 2015

The Florida SouthWestern State College Foundation welcomed Susan Ellis as a Senior Director of Development.

Ellis brings more than 20 years of business management experience to the foundation as it improves FSW’s quality of education by providing $2 million in student scholarships and educational investments annually.

“The FSW Foundation is helping the college achieve things the community never thought was possible and as we embark on this transformation we need a seasoned fundraising professional like Susan to work with the community so they can understand all of the fantastic initiatives in the pipeline,” said Dr. Lou Traina, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at FSW.

Previously serving as the Director of Community Development for Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, Ellis oversaw the $1.5 million Community Contribution Sales Tax Credit Program. She worked with the community, nurtured partnerships with local businesses and established the “Building the Future” Legacy Society in 2013.

She was also the Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Commercial Air Management, Inc., a Florida Corporation that specializes in commercial air quality control products. Ellis has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Board of the Florida Southern Gulf Region of the American Red Cross and is most recently serving the Board of Directors of The Southwest Florida Symphony.

About the FSW Foundation:

Since 1966, the Florida SouthWestern State College Foundation has been enhancing the quality of higher education for FSW students and faculty. The FSW Foundation has awarded $1.2 million for student scholarships and $700,000 in academic support to the college annually since 2011. The Foundation’s focus is attracting and managing private contributions from individuals, organizations, businesses and other private foundations to support the college’s mission. To learn more about the non-profit, tax-exempt FSW Foundation or to make a gift, visit