Dorsey named VP for development, alumni relations

Kerry DorseySUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley has appointed Kerry Dorsey, who has worked in the college’s development office since 2003, as the new vice president for development and alumni relations.

The vice president is the college’s principal fundraiser and serves as executive director of the Oswego College Foundation.

“Philanthropic support is increasingly vital to our ability to meet the higher education needs of our region, and I am pleased that we have a leader like Kerry Dorsey to help increase that support,” Stanley said. “She will play an important role as we continue to rebuild our campus infrastructure and ensure that the education we offer is the best that it can be.”

First as director of development and then as Oswego’s associate vice president for development and alumni relations, Dorsey has managed the Campaign for Oswego, the college’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign. The five-year campaign’s $17 million goal was surpassed in October, eight months ahead of its original endpoint next June, and the college recently raised its sights to $23 million by June 2008.

“As an alumna, I know what a great college SUNY Oswego is and how worthy it is of major private support,” Dorsey said. “The outpouring of gifts we have witnessed in our first campaign has been extremely gratifying, and I am excited at the opportunity to lead our philanthropic efforts to the next level.”

The vice president for development and alumni relations is accountable for the formulation and implementation of fundraising and campaign strategies. Offices reporting to the vice president include development, alumni and parent relations, publications and WRVO-FM.

SUNY Oswego conducted a national search to fill the position, previously held by Kevin Mahaney, who returned to development work at Cornell University last spring. Oswego received more than 50 applications for the opening. Two finalist candidates were interviewed on campus earlier this fall.

Dorsey chaired SUNY Oswego’s College Council and worked in county government before joining SUNY Oswego as director of development in 2003. She worked for Oswego County government for 20 years, advancing from employment specialist in the employment and training department to deputy county administrator.

In the community, she is a member of the Operation Oswego County board of directors, and she has chaired Leadership Oswego County and the Oswego County Child Care Council and served on the board of the Greater Oswego Chamber of Commerce.

She received a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from SUNY Oswego in 1981.

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(Posted: Nov 29, 2006)