University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

June 13, 2006
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6360

USA Development Adds New Staff as Campaign USA Continues

The University of South Alabama’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations has added new senior staff members as it continues work on Campaign USA, the University’s first-ever comprehensive fund-raising campaign. To date, Campaign USA has raised $40.8 million – more than halfway to the goal of $75 million over the next three years.
Kristy Caradori
Travis Grantham
Kristy Caradori
Travis Grantham

Travis Grantham has been named the director for medical development and alumni relations in the USA Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

Since 2001, Grantham has worked at the University of Florida Foundation in Gainesville, first as director of development for the College of Health and Human Performance and since 2003 as director of development for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Since 2003, he has raised more than $5 million annually for the Institute’s priorities.

Grantham, a native of Dothan, holds a bachelor’s degree in management from University of Alabama at Birmingham and a master’s in business administration from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Ala. Earlier in his career he worked in development and fund-raising roles in Birmingham and Florida. He also worked in the publishing industry in Atlanta.

Kristy Caradori joined the USA development team as associate director for major gifts. Caradori received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Alabama and hold her master’s in business administration from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.

For the past 12 years, she has been involved in a variety of nonprofit, governmental and public health roles in North Carolina. She also served as an adjunct faculty member in nonprofit management at Salem College and University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Dr. Joseph F. Busta Jr., Campaign USA director and USA vice president for development and alumni relations, said the new staff members will complement the existing development team. “Travis and Kristy bring knowledge and experience into their new roles,” he said. “We are happy to have them as part of the USA family. They will help us achieve our Campaign USA goals.”

Campaign USA will enrich all aspects of USA, from its academic colleges and schools to its hospitals, athletic programs, libraries and campuses. The money raised will be used to fund such items as undergraduate and graduate scholarships, professorships, classroom and laboratory equipment, and health care innovations. Funds will also be used for capital enhancements to USA’s track and soccer programs, a University archives building and campus bell tower.

The University has dramatically increased its efforts over the past few years to seek private philanthropic support, with private giving rising from approximately $2 million per year three years ago to more than $12 million annually today. This represents only a small amount of the University’s private gift potential.

As part of Campaign USA, each college, school and unit of the University has identified needs and goals for fund raising. The academic units focus on needs such as undergraduate scholarships, graduate assistantships, endowed faculty positions, classroom and laboratory equipment, and capital construction.

The University of South Alabama

Since its founding in 1963, the University of South Alabama has been one of Alabama’s fastest growing universities, currently enrolling more than 13,300 students in a wide range of academic programs in Allied Health Professions, Arts and Sciences, Mitchell College of Business, Computer and Information Sciences, Continuing Education and Special Programs, Education, Engineering, Medicine, and Nursing. The University has awarded more than 57,000 degrees.

In addition to teaching and research, USA is one of the largest health care providers in the Mobile region, with its faculty physicians and two hospitals – Children’s and Women’s and USA Medical Center – involved in more than a quarter million patient encounters annually.

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