Rebecca A. Dukes, director of major gifts for the Utah State University Development Office, has received Certified Fund Raising Executive (CRFE) status from the National Society of Fund Raising Executives.

Dukes becomes one of only five people in Utah to have achieved the CRFE designation. Nationally, only one in five members of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives has achieved professional cer-ti-fi-ca-tion.To become certified, candidates must possess at least five years of fund-raising experience, be successful in helping raise a significant amount of money, and contribute to the advancement of fund-raising and philanthropic management. Add-i-tion-ally, they must pass a written examination.

Dukes has been at USU since December. Prior to that she was coordinator of development for the Park Lane Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.