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May 28, 2003
OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego has named Kerry Dorsey director of development/campaign manager beginning in July. She will be responsible for managing the college's Office of Development, including fund-raising campaigns to build philanthropy on behalf of the college.
Dorsey, a 1981 graduate of the college, has served as deputy county administrator for the County of Oswego since 2000. For the past 14 years, she has been an integral member of Oswego County government administration managing the strategic planning and implementation of the laws and policies established by the Oswego County Legislature.
From 1996 until recently, Dorsey served in a leadership role at SUNY Oswego as chair of the Oswego College Council. Her advocacy of partnerships among key volunteer boards resulted in the first joint meeting between the College Council, Oswego College Foundation board, Oswego Alumni Association and School of Business Advisory Board. Most recently, she participated in the college's Middle States accreditation review and supported the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation processes through the College Council.
Since last year, she has been a part of the planning for Oswego's new fund-raising initiatives and serves with a small group of policy leaders on the President's Capital Campaign Cabinet. Last year, under Dorsey's leadership, the Oswego College Council for the first time achieved 100 percent participation in the annual fund.
The college's Office of Development and the Oswego College Foundation raise more than $2 million annually in philanthropic support for SUNY Oswego. The foundation manages assets in excess of $5 million and is in the early stages of its first comprehensive campaign to increase support for endowment, capital priorities and annual funds on behalf of the college.
"Increased philanthropy is vital to the future of SUNY Oswego and Kerry's expertise -- and her knowledge of the community and the respect she has earned while serving as College Council chair -- will be tremendous assets for us," said college President Deborah F. Stanley.
Dorsey has managed or worked with numerous community and political campaigns at the national, state and local level and has been involved with many community and not-for-profit organizations including Leadership Oswego County, Greater Oswego Chamber of Commerce, American Cancer Society and United Way.
"Kerry has a strong history of success in fund raising and experience managing programs and campaigns that will translate well to her new role at the college," said Kevin Mahaney, vice president for development and public affairs. "We are thrilled to have someone of Kerry's caliber and obvious talent joining our advancement team."
Dorsey said, "I get a deep satisfaction from my association with the college. There is no better fulfillment than to make a meaningful contribution to my alma mater. I look forward to helping the college reach the goals of the capital campaign and strengthen philanthropic endeavors for the good of the campus now and long into the future."
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