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The foundation is a private, nonprofit organization that raises and invests private contributions to Arizona State University. Through the ASU Foundation, generous donors help build and sustain Arizona State University's students, faculty and research goals.
Gifts and Donations to:
P.O. Box 2260
Tempe, Arizona 85280-2260
For all other mailing needs:
P.O. Box 2260
Tempe, Arizona 85280-2260
To visit us on site:
ASU Fulton Center
300 E. University Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281-2033 [map]
Please fax credit card information to 480-727-7368
Barrett, the Honors College
Business, W. P. Carey School of
Jim Van Wicklin
Design and Arts, Herberger Institute of
Education, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Public Service and Community Solutions, Watts College of
Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of
Health Solutions, College of
Interdisciplinary Arts and Science,
New College of
Journalism and Mass Communication, Walter Cronkite School of
Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of
Integrative Sciences and Arts, College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences, The College of
McCain Institute for International Leadership
Nursing and Health Innovation, Edson College of
Sustainability, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of
Sun Devil Athletics
Thunderbird School of Global Management
Corporate & Foundation Relations
Women & Philanthropy
Estate and Gift Planning
Meet the ASU Foundation’s talented leadership team.
Gretchen E. Buhlig joined the ASU Foundation in January 2012, and serves as chief executive officer. Under her leadership, the ASU Foundation has seen record-breaking fundraising success year after year, an enriched culture of philanthropy across ASU, and the successful launch of ASU’s first multibilliondollar comprehensive campaign. Buhlig works directly with ASU President Michael M. Crow, the foundation’s board of directors, provost, academic deans, institute directors, and athletic director in formulating and implementing development and advancement strategies for ASU.
Through her tenure with ASU, Buhlig is credited with shaping the ASU Foundation’s 2025 Strategic Plan alongside representatives from across the development staff, an increased collaboration amongst deans and fundraising volunteers, and continuous growth of the ASU Foundation’s engagement programs, including President’s Club and Women and Philanthropy, which she helped found. Prior to her appointment at ASU, she served A.T. Still University, the founding school of osteopathic medicine, for nearly six years as associate vice president of institutional advancement. While at A.T. Still, Buhlig helped build and manage collegiate development and alumni relations programs for the university’s Arizona campus and its three schools — Arizona School of Health Sciences, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health and the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. She is a graduate of Augustana College and Walden University.
Mark Antonucci, Ed.D., joined Arizona State University in 2007, and serves as assistant vice president and chief of staff for the ASU Foundation. In his role, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the foundation and directly leads multiple teams of fundraising and advancement professionals responsible for generating new gifts and commitments in support of ASU.
Antonucci holds a doctorate in higher and postsecondary education from ASU, where his research focused on leadership, governance, and university design. He also earned a master's degree in higher education from ASU, and a bachelor's degree in marketing from Quinnipiac University. Antonucci serves as a faculty associate within the Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation with the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.
Shaun Brenton joined the ASU Foundation in October 2004 and serves as the associate vice president of corporate and foundation relations. She previously held roles of director and associate vice president of corporate relations.
Before joining ASU, Brenton served the University of Arizona Foundation as the director of development for Maricopa County and as the senior director of development for the University of Arizona Health Sciences, Phoenix Campus. Prior to her appointment at the University of Arizona Foundation, she was director of corporate relations and scholarships at Centenary College of Louisiana.
Brenton holds a bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico.
Andrew Carey joined the ASU Foundation in December 2011. In his role as assistant vice president of donor outreach, he provides leadership for Campaign ASU 2020 and oversight for President’s Club, Women and Philanthropy, and Annual Giving.
As assistant vice president, Carey brings a range of experience in volunteer management, development strategy and tactics, communications, and expertise in working with ASU’s internal and external communities and constituencies.
Prior to joining the foundation, he served as director of marketing and transition planning at Alltel and Verizon Wireless. He also worked locally for the Fiesta Bowl and Super Bowl Host Committee. Carey is a Valley Leadership alumnus, Class 37.
Carey earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business.
Kimberly A. Hopely, MNpS, joined the ASU Foundation in December 2015. Her role as senior vice president provides oversite of unit development, corporate and foundation relations, and strategic engagement. She leads fundraising for specific central campaign priorities as well as global fundraising initiatives.
For over 25 years, she has dedicated her time and talent to the nonprofit sector with a focus on community organizations, healthcare and higher education. Prior to her position at the ASU Foundation, she served as the senior director for operations and development at the Banner Health Foundation, assistant vice president of university advancement at A.T. Still University, and executive director for United Way of Grays Harbor in Washington, where the organization was recognized for innovations in community collaboration.
As an ASU Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow in 2018, Hopely was part of a cohort dedicated to the development and support of proven leaders who can sustainably advance ASU as a New American University. She completed a health policy fellowship at New York Institute of Technology and Ohio University with a focus on graduate medical education in 2012. She received her master of nonprofit studies at ASU in 2011 after graduating from ASU in 2007 with a bachelor of arts in integrative studies—health administration and organizational leadership. She completed an internship in development and organizational leadership at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center: Barrow Neurological Foundation in 2007.
Hopely makes her home in Litchfield Park, Ariz., with her husband of over three decades. They have three adult children.
Bill Kavan joined the ASU Foundation in December 2011. In his role as assistant vice president for donor engagement, he oversees scholarship advancement, donor relations and family engagement, involvement, and philanthropy.
Prior to his appointment, Kavan served as the senior director of development for The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Before joining ASU, he was vice president for the advancement business unit at SunGard Higher Education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from ASU and has been an active alumnus since graduating in 1992.
Over the years, Kavan has served in many volunteer positions at ASU, including chairman of the board of the ASU Alumni Association, trustee of the ASU Foundation, University Club board member, ICA board member, Camp Tontozona board member, and founding member of the Devils' Pride Alumni Chapter. He also represented ASU in the Valley Leadership Institute and is an alum of Class 34. He serves on the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII Board of Directors. From Long Island, New York, Kavan is an avid hiker, traveler and art collector, as well as a volunteer at Hospice of the Valley’s New Song Center and president of the Theta Upsilon Literary Association.
Scott Nelson joined the ASU Foundation in August 2016. As executive director of the Sun Devil Club, he provides oversight and strategic direction to a team of fundraising professionals responsible for philanthropy in support of Sun Devil Athletics, where he also serves on the senior leadership team for Ray Anderson, vice president of university athletics.
Prior to his appointment, Nelson served as the associate athletic director of development at Oregon State University. In his time at Oregon State, he led a team of major gift fundraisers, collaborated on several athletics capital fundraising campaigns and oversaw the Our Beaver Nation annual giving team. He has over 13 years of experience in higher education fundraising. He previously served as director of development for athletics at Ohio State University and as assistant director of the Wooden Athletic Fund at UCLA.
He currently serves as a faculty associate in the marketing department at the W.P. Carey School of Business and has served as a visiting lecture for the University of Washington’s Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership, M.Ed. program since 2014. Nelson received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his master’s degree from the University of Washington.
Brian S. Nielson, J.D., joined the ASU Foundation in 2018. In his role as executive director of estate and gift planning, he leads efforts to secure estate gifts and helps donors utilize tax-efficient giving options in support of Arizona State University.
Nielson draws on his experience in academia at The College of Wooster and the University of Cincinnati Foundation, in addition to his time as an estate and business planning attorney and faculty for the Academy of Multidisciplinary Practice. He has been an active volunteer in every community he has lived in, and understands philanthropy from multiple perspectives, including from a board member’s chair.
He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and The John Marshall Law School. His most important work is providing direct support to his wife in helping their six children navigate life, and he is proud to be an ASU parent.
Mike Remedi joined the ASU Foundation in January 2005. As the executive director of principal giving, his primary responsibilities are to strategize and advance university fundraising initiatives across the ASU enterprise.
Prior to his appointment, Remedi served as the senior director of development for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. For over 19 years, he has led fundraising programs in development roles within both higher education and medical research nonprofit organizations. He has served as a conference faculty member and session chair for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) on topics of campaign strategies, capital projects and volunteer management. In 2007, CASE District VII acknowledged him as an emerging leader with its Rising Star Award.
Remedi received his bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and molecular and cellular biology from the University of Arizona and his master’s degree in medical sciences from Texas A&M University.
Suzanne Rinker joined the ASU Foundation in September 2016. In her role as associate vice president of unit development, she provides oversight and strategic counsel to academic fundraising units within ASU.
Prior to her appointment, she served as the senior director of development for the W. P. Carey School of Business. She has over 15 years of experience in higher education, with the majority in the development sector. Prior to this role, she served as the senior director of development for The Ohio State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, collaborating with the divisions of natural and mathematical sciences and social and behavioral sciences. Rinker also held leadership roles at Texas Tech University in the School of Law and in the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering.
Rinker received her bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree in higher education leadership from Texas Tech University. She is an active community volunteer with her teenage daughter, and serves on the board of directors for the Kyrene Foundation.
Jacqueline Smith, J.D., joined the ASU Foundation in January 2020 and serves as vice president. Smith designs opportunities for external constituents to invest in Arizona State University as a New American University.
She previously served as associate vice president of university initiatives and advisor to the president for social embeddedness at Arizona State University. She is also a professor of practice in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College where she teaches courses in university design and higher education law and policy. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics and law degree from Georgetown University.
The directors establish policy and annual goals, oversee fiduciary responsibilities and business affairs, and oversee management of the endowment and investments.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Arizona State University
Election Year: 2016
About: José Cárdenas is senior vice president and general counsel of Arizona State University. A 1977 Stanford University Law School graduate, he was a partner in the law firm of Lewis and Roca before joining ASU in 2009. Cárdenas has served on many boards including Chicanos Por La Causa, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association, and ASU Enterprise Partners. He is the host Horizonte, an Eight/KAET weekly public affairs program focused on Arizona issues through a Hispanic lens.
CEO, Fulton Homes
Election Year: 2019
About: Doug Fulton is CEO of Tempe-based Fulton Homes, a position he has held since 2007. Prior, he served as the president of Fulton Homes Sales Corp. Mr. Fulton also serves as a special deputy to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, flying helicopters for its Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association. After Hurricane Katrina, he assisted law enforcement agencies in delivering medical supplies to the New Orleans area. In addition to serving on the ASU Foundation Board, Mr. Fulton is a trustee and parent of ASU graduates.
Ira A. Fulton
Election Year: 2016
About: Ira A. Fulton was born in Tempe, Arizona in 1931. After attending Arizona State University on a football scholarship, Fulton went to work for National Cash Register. There, he rose to the heights of National Salesman of the Year. From NCR, he formed his own companies, serving the computer needs of many corporations. In 1974, Fulton became a consultant for Eagleson’s Big and Tall men’s clothiers, in southern California. During this same time-period, he formed Fulton Homes in Arizona, which he still runs today.
Former Chairman and CEO, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation
Election Year: 2016
About: Bill Post is a Valley leader and director of First Solar, Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Arizona, the City of Hope, the Translational Genomics Research Institute, and ASU Enterprise Partners. Under Post’s leadership, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiary, Arizona Public Service, became leaders in Arizona’s sustainable business. He founded Arizona Businesses Advancing Sustainability with Intel, which focuses on internal sustainable research and operations.
Wayne S. Doran
Former VP, Ford Motor Co.; former Chairman, Ford Motor Land Development Corp.
Election Year: 2016
About: Wayne S. Doran served as a vice president of Ford Motor Company until 2000. Doran joined Ford Motor Company in 1969 and became chief executive of Ford Land when it formed in 1970. Before joining Ford Motor Company, he served as vice president and general manager of the land development division of Del E. Webb Corporation, Chicago, from 1963 to 1969. He has served on many boards including the Arizona Historical Foundation, Barrow Neurological Foundation, and ASU Enterprise Partners.
To advance, through philanthropy, the success of Arizona State University as A New American University.
To become nationally recognized as the model for A New American University Foundation.
The ASU Foundation was incorporated on June 22, 1955, as the Arizona State College Foundation.
The foundation drew inspiration from the generosity of George and Martha Wilson of 15 acres of land in 1885 to create the Tempe Normal School, which would later become Arizona State University.
In the 1930s, the Bulldog Boosters organization actively raised support for athletic programs for the Arizona State Teachers College, as it was known at the time. In the mid-1940s, the fundraising group changed its name to Sun Angels, concurrent with the renaming of the college’s mascot to the Sun Devils.
In 1947, Grady Gammage, president of the newly named Arizona State College, established the Agricultural Advisory Council to advocate for and raise funds on behalf of the school’s agricultural activities. In 1955, the council was incorporated and renamed the Arizona State College Foundation, with its philanthropic mission broadened to serve the entire college.
A state referendum in 1958 renamed the college Arizona State University, with a concomitant name change for the foundation to Arizona State University Foundation, more commonly referred to as the ASU Foundation. In 2008, the foundation was renamed the Arizona State University Foundation for A New American University to reflect the vision laid out for the university by President Michael Crow.
Embracing its innovative reputation, in 2016, the ASU Foundation for A New American University reorganized as ASU Enterprise Partners, which comprises five diverse resource-raising entities, including the foundation, which maintains its singular focus on philanthropy and development on behalf of ASU.
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