Michael Morsberger, who has led the UCF’s fundraising efforts for the past six years, announced his resignation as vice president for advancement and CEO of the UCF Foundation on Thursday.

Morsberger’s resignation comes as he prepares for open heart surgery later this month, followed by a lengthy period of recovery and cardiac rehabilitation.

“I remain grateful to have been recruited to UCF six years ago and am proud of our achievements in advancement. Working at the University of Central Florida has been a professional privilege and a great personal adventure,” says Morsberger, adding that he and his wife will continue to be football season ticket-holders, donors and fans.

During Morsberger’s tenure at UCF, the Foundation increased fundraising, enhanced national outreach, began working more closely with deans and administrators to engage donors, raised funds that enabled the opening of UCF Downtown, and secured more than $531 million in gifts and commitments as part of the IGNITE Campaign.

“Mike has spent nearly six years shepherding UCF down our path to excellence,” says President Alexander N. Cartwright. “His leadership — coupled with the investments our community has made to advance our mission and the hard work of many others — has led to incredible strides in recent years.”

UCF will begin the process of launching a national search for Morsberger’s successor to continue advancing the university’s mission. In the meantime, Karen Cochran, the Foundation’s senior associate vice president for advancement, will continue to serve as acting vice president for advancement and CEO of UCF Foundation.