SUNY Geneseo Appoints William H. Brower III Vice President for College Advancement
GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl announced
today that William H. Brower III has been named vice president for
college advancement and executive director of the Geneseo Foundation.
The appointment, effective Sept. 13, concludes a six-month national
At Geneseo, Brower will direct the college advancement
division and manage a team of 28 professionals engaged in development,
communications, and alumni relations. He brings more than 24 years of
development and capital campaign experience, including 16 years at
Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., where he has worked since 1996.
delighted to have Bill Brower in this crucial leadership position,"
said Dahl. "His proven success in relationship building and fundraising
combined with his passion for liberal education will be pivotal factors
as the college continues its progress as one of nation's top public
liberal arts colleges. On behalf of the search committee and the entire
Geneseo community, I warmly welcome Bill to our campus and look forward
to working with him."
Brower has served four years as executive
director of major gifts at Hamilton, where he led the major gifts and
advancement services operation. Also at Hamilton, he served as executive
director of annual giving and alumni relations during a $183 million
capital campaign and as associate director of planned giving during a
$108 million campaign. Prior to his Hamilton appointments, Brower held
various development positions at the Perkins School for the Blind in
"I am honored to receive this tremendous vote of
confidence and look forward with great anticipation to working with my
advancement colleagues and everyone in the Geneseo community," said
Brower. "Without question, Geneseo has become one of the finest public
liberal arts colleges in the country, and I look forward to reinforcing
the college's standing among its alumni, parents, friends, students and
other stakeholders to help obtain the resources needed to ensure a
The search committee was chaired by Provost Carol
Long, who said Brower emerged from a strong group of nominations and
"We had a number of stellar candidates, but the
search committee felt Bill's credentials and liberal arts experience,
combined with his collaborative leadership style, best fulfilled
Geneseo's needs," said Long. "We are on the home stretch of a capital
campaign and are confident he can help bring it to a successful finish
while laying the groundwork for future achievements in advancement."
on the search committee was Jack Kramer '76, chair of the Geneseo
Foundation Board of Directors, who is looking forward to sharing
Brower's vision and energy.
"I couldn't be happier having Bill
with us and I welcome him to campus on behalf of the Foundation Board,"
said Kramer. "It's a very exciting time at Geneseo and I'm confident
that Bill will continue to strengthen the philanthropic support the
college needs to provide the absolute best educational experience for
our students. I'm certain our alumni and other stakeholders will provide
him with extraordinary support."
Dahl praised the commitment and service provided by Debra G. Hill '75, who has served as interim vice president since May 1.
sincere thanks to Debbie for providing able leadership in the
advancement division," said Dahl. "Working with her colleagues and board
leadership, she kept our campaign on track and built a solid framework
for a smooth transition for the new vice president."
Hill will resume her duties as assistant vice president for advancement, the position she held before her interim appointment.
earned his bachelor's degree in history from Hamilton. He also
completed one year toward a master of divinity degree at the Harvard
Divinity School and completed a program for financial planners at Boston
University. He and his wife, Madge, have three sons.