Vice President of University Advancement
Phone: (305) 623-1443
Mr. Marcus H. Burgess is a native of Cades, South Carolina and a 1991 graduate of Kingstree Senior High School and currently resides in Coral Springs, Florida. He graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from Claflin University in 1996. While at Claflin, he was elected Student Body President 1994-95, a member of the Honors College, a member of the Daisy E. Pearson Chapter of Teacher Education, and a member of the Lambda Sigma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Administration and Supervision from The Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina.
Prior to joining the FMU team, Mr. Burgess was employed as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina. There he oversaw marketing and communications, alumni relations, development, WVCD-790 AM campus radio and advancement services. Under his leadership, the college has experienced increased alumni participation and involvement through workshops and seminars from 7% to over 22% during his tenure. Under his leadership, the President’s Gala was revived and saw a net increase of over $140,000 in sponsorships and gifts. The establishment of a Student Philanthropy program has empowered the college’s students and future alumni to become involved in the fundraising process thus supporting their own education. The creation of Corporate Roundtables in various cities in South Carolina have increased the visibility of the college and created great partnership opportunities. He recently secured an $18.5 million HBCU Capital Finance loan to increase institutional fiscal sustainability.
Prior to Voorhees College, Mr. Burgess began his path to higher education at Claflin University as the Director of the Annual Fund/Alumni Relations, where he kept alumni abreast of all the happenings and current affairs of the University, served as a liaison between the Claflin University International Alumni Association and the college, and ensured that all alumni continue to support the University through student recruitment, monetary gifts, participation in class reunions, and much more. Through his efforts, Claflin University celebrated an alumni giving percentage of over 45% during his tenure, which was the highest among all Historically Black Colleges and Universities at that time. He raised an unprecedented $8 million from alumni in support of a $96.4 million Capital Campaign with an additional $100,000 from students.
Mr. Burgess also served in several different professional roles throughout his career which include a fifth grade teacher, an elementary, middle, and high school Assistant Principal and a sales representative for Bluegreen Corporation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. His accomplishments in K-12 education include Teacher of the Year for Kingstree Elementary School 1998-99, Omega Man of the Year for Delta Rho Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated 2002, recognized by the South Carolina Center for Teacher Recruitment as one of “Six Reasons to Teach” in South Carolina, and used as the featured teacher in “The Call Me Mister” Program – a program launched by Clemson University to get more African American males to become elementary teachers.
He was married to the late, Sonya T. Burgess, and together they have three children Marcus (Deuce), Mariana` and Tyler.