SHU's New Major Gift Officer to Oversee Community Theatre Foundation

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University has hired Marie Muhvic as major gift officer for the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology (WCBT) and president of the SHU Community Theatre Foundation.

Muhvic, of Stratford, will partner with Martha Crawford, dean of the WCBT, to expand the college. In her role at the foundation, she will work alongside Bill Harris, adjunct instructor and the theater’s director, to build it into a leading arts organization.

Prior to her new roles at SHU, Muhvic was vice president of advancement at the University of Bridgeport. In this role, she collected external financial support for operations, endowments, scholarships and projects that supported the university’s mission. She also oversaw annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, advancement services and alumni relations.

Previously, Muhvic fundraised for the athletics department at the University of Tennessee. She moved on to work in advancement at Princeton University, Fairfield University and New England College. At Fairfield University, Muhvic helped set fundraising records in athletics, recreation and facilities. At New England College, the largest gift in school history was closed while she was there and at the University of Bridgeport, her team broke all-time fundraising records in major gifts and annual giving. 


About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University’s nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 385 Colleges–2020 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 252 Business Schools–2019 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theater.