Crowley serves as the link between the University of Florida and the community — a bridge between “town and gown” for sharing information, ideas and resources. She has connected the community through the UF Eye Opener Discovery Breakfasts for community leaders, facilitated UF leadership involvement with the community and administered the UF Campaign for Charities. The campaign is comprised of UF employee giving; for the last ten years, it has provided more than $1 million per year to local charities. Crowley is also involved with the Ronald McDonald House, Haven Hospice, Junior League of Gainesville, Gainesville Women’s Forum, Rotary Club of Gainesville, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority.
Without a doubt, says Crowley, her greatest achievement is the character and accomplishments of her three children. Although they own who they are, she is happy to have had some influence.
Crowley is passionate about creating and maintaining positive relationships, and she believes in what people can accomplish through a groundwork of trust. She feels that trust must be built on a commitment to acting fairly, keeping your word and following through on commitments.
Over the past five years, Crowley has watched an amazing coming-together among local governments, the university and the business community, with communication and cooperation now at an all-time high. She truly believes that we are all building a foundation for Greater Gainesville to become a preeminent community as well as home to a preeminent university.
Crowley loves Gainesville and calls it her hometown, yet she did not grow up here. As the daughter of an Air Force fighter pilot, she moved every few years and went to high school in both Alaska and the Philippines.