Stetson Law Associate Vice President of College Relations Dotti Bressi dies

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Gulfport, Fla. – Stetson University College of Law Associate Vice President of College Relations, Dorothy “Dotti” Bressi, 40, died on Sunday, July 2, following a battle with leukemia.

Dr. Bressi, who held a doctorate in education from the University of Tennessee, joined Stetson in August 2000 and led the successful Cornerstone Campaign, which ended May 31, 2005, and raised more than $30 million of value for the school in five years.

“Dotti was the most positive person I have ever met. Her energy, drive, and vision literally changed the College of Law,” said Vice President and Dean of the College of Law Darby Dickerson. “In addition to being a talented development officer, she was a close friend with whom I’ve been on the road constantly since 2003. I will miss her tremendously.”

Due largely to Bressi’s leadership, student scholarships and awards were increased significantly and new faculty chairs, professorships and research programs were established to retain and attract top faculty. One of the crowning accomplishments was the completion of the nation’s first elder-friendly courtroom on Stetson’s Gulfport campus.

Bressi was honored with the prestigious Dean’s Award for her commitment to the College of Law in 2005. Memorial services will be held Thursday, July 6, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home, 2811 Curry Ford Rd., Orlando. The eulogy will be presented at 7 p.m. The funeral will be held at the funeral home at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 7. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be sent to the Dorothy Bressi Memorial Fund at Stetson University College of Law, care of the College Relations Office, 1401 61st St. S., Gulfport, FL 33707.