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UCF has named Michael Morsberger as the new vice president for Alumni Relations and Development.

Morsberger was selected following a national search and will begin working at UCF on June 1, according to a news release.

"He will serve as CEO of the UCF Foundation and lead all fundraising activities for the university and he will oversee the university's relationships with its 250,000 alumni through the UCF Alumni Association," the release states.

The UCF Foundation accepts Morsberger in the midst of a fundraising campaign that aims to raise $500 million by 2018, with donations supporting resources at UCF, such as student scholarships, faculty positions and new facilities.

"I am honored to accept this important role and serve the vast UCF community," Morsberger said in the release. "It is clear to me that the University of Central Florida at age 50 is at an inflection point in its remarkable history — and the next decade will surely prove to be very exciting."

Morsberger has achieved record-breaking successes at other universities, serving as vice president and alumni affairs at Duke Medicine, associative vice president of development and alumni relations for the University of Virginia's Health System and executive director of the University of Virginia's Health Foundation.

He has also served as major gifts officer and chief development officer of Johns Hopkins' renowned cancer center for nine years.

He was associated with what was then the largest gift in Johns Hopkins' history: a $150 million pledge to rename the comprehensive cancer center by Sidney Kimmel.

For nearly five years, Morsberger has also served as vice president for development and alumni relations at George Washington University.

Under Morsberger's leadership, Washington has recently received the two largest gifts in its 190-year history: a total of $80 million to address public health changes.

The university also doubled the amount it raised for financial aid to more than $35 million last year, the release states.

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Rachel Stuart is the News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @RachSage or email her at RachelS@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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