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Bennett returns as Fairmont State Foundation President

The Fairmont State Foundation is honored to welcome Gary K. Bennett’s return as president of the Fairmont State Foundation, the nonprofit fundraising arm of Fairmont State University. He brings with him decades of experience as a CPA and an outstanding educator, along with a passion for the Foundation’s mission to serve the University and the greater Fairmont community.

“We are so very fortunate to have such an exceptional, caring and experienced gentleman leading the Foundation,” said Dr. Mirta M. Martin, Fairmont State University President. “Gary has masterfully led our Foundation before; we look forward to welcoming him home – once again. The Foundation and the entire Falcon Family will benefit from Gary’s experience and expertise, as well as his deep fondness and devotion to Fairmont State.”

In addition to serving as a board member for the Foundation, Bennett is an alumnus from the Fairmont State University class of 1972, a retired faculty member, and assistant dean of what is now named the School of Business and Aviation.

“We are excited and incredibly grateful that Mr. Bennett will lead the Foundation as President,” said board president Jennifer Kinty. “His leadership experience coupled with his understanding of the Foundation’s goals will allow us to preserve our fundraising momentum and move our institution forward.”

Bennett previously served as president of the Foundation in 2018 and 2019. His passion for Fairmont State and positive relationships with University stakeholders will allow the Foundation and the University to continue their collaborative efforts to support Fairmont State students and programs without interruption.

Fairmont State University President Dr. Mirta M. Martin is looking forward to working with Bennett again.

“Gary is a Falcon through and through – that’s one of the things that makes working together such a joy. He is always driven to find ways to help the Fairmont State University family. He carries in his heart the “why” of what we do – to help the next generation of Falcons achieve their dreams – and that is exactly what he has been doing for decades, as an alumnus, a faculty, and a generous donor. The University is so very grateful for Gary, and excited at the boundless opportunities that can be achieved as he steps into the Foundation leadership role once again.”

Established in 1960, the Fairmont State Foundation identifies, establishes and cultivates meaningful relationships with Fairmont State alumni and friends to further the mission and purpose of Fairmont State University. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization guided by a board of directors to steward contributions from our donors and maximize the impact of financial support for the students, faculty and staff of the University. For more information about our organization and ways that you can provide support, visit www.fsufoundation.org or call 304.534.8786.

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