Julie Gerbsch

Armstrong Names Director of Major and Planned Giving

(September 27, 2011) An Armstrong alumna, Julie Gerbsch, has been appointed director of major and planned giving in the Office of Advancement at Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Gerbsch will work with the vice president of advancement to continue the implementation of a comprehensive major gifts program. She will have primary responsibility for managing major donor and planned giving donor relationships. She will create and direct programs to encourage alumni, businesses, foundations and friends of the university to provide financial support for Armstrong.

A Savannah resident with extensive experience in nonprofit management and fundraising, Gerbsch is a 2002 graduate of Leadership Savannah and currently serves as a member of the Savannah-Chatham Board of Education.

“Julie's appointment reflects our continued effort to strengthen the major and deferred giving programs so that we may continue to build strong relationships that support the university's strategic plan,” said Scott Joyner, Armstrong vice president for advancement. “Julie's strong ties to the Savannah community and extensive fundraising experience will serve the university well as she takes on this leadership role at Armstrong.”

Gerbsch comes to Armstrong from Savannah Technical College where she directed the Georgia Work Ready Program in the college's Economic Development Division. Her experience includes serving as president & CEO of Parent & Child Development Services in Savannah and executive director of Ronald McDonald Children's Charities of St. Louis, Mo.

She holds a master's degree in liberal and professional studies from Armstrong and a bachelor's degree in speech communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.