Hodges University Announces Retirement of Phil Memoli
Hodges University’s vice president of advancement, Phil Memoli has served as an
integral part of the Hodges and Southwest Florida communities. His ability to
establish connections with influential community members, as well as his
commitment to raising awareness of the university and its mission are just a
few notable attributes that will be missed when he retires on December 31,
his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, Memoli spent 25 years
working with his father and brother in the family’s real estate development
company before accepting the position of president and chief executive officer
of the Del Tura Group in North Fort Myers.
30 years in the real estate industry, he took his career in another direction
and served as director of marketing for WirelessOne Network. He was promoted to
marketing director for the state of Florida when AT&T purchased the
company. However, Memoli was not finished expanding his career. Meeting former
Hodges president Terry McMahan, Memoli discovered Hodges University and the
Hodges, which was formerly known as International College, in 2003 as its
director of development, he worked to build community awareness of the
university, especially in Lee County. In 2011, he was promoted to vice
president of university advancement focusing on fundraising, donor and public
relations, and serving as an ambassador for the institution.
feel I have played an important role in cultivating support and encouragement
from our philanthropic community to help fund scholarships and meet the future
needs of Hodges University,” he said. Establishing a close connection with many
of the university’s benefactors is one aspect of Memoli’s legacy of which he is
most proud, saying, “Hodges is a large part of my life, and I am honored to
have gained the trust and confidence working with some of the most wonderful
and generous people on the planet. These relationships will last a lifetime.”
addition to his work to further the mission and vision of Hodges, Memoli
remains an advocate for veterans, helping to assist student veterans in
receiving the support and services needed to earn their degree. “I am so
pleased to be a part of a vet-friendly institution and to work with our Dr.
Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center,” he said.
the past 13 years, Phil Memoli has served Hodges University with a very rare
combination of panache, good humor and commitment to mission,” said Dr. Donald
Wortham, Hodges University president. “Phil’s ability to build friendships for
the institution has moved Hodges forward, and while we are happy for him as he
transitions into a well-deserved retirement, he will be greatly missed."