Institutional Advancement

The mission of the Office of Institutional Advancement is to promote the overall growth of the University and enhance the institution’s standing in the broader community. To accomplish this, Institutional Advancement maintains divisions devoted to development, alumni relations, private/public grants, foundation/corporate relations, and communications.

Institutional Advancement has led in efforts to secure funding from foundations, government sources, and private donors. During the 2015 fiscal year, the office raised over $715,000 for the University’s operations, programs, projects, and student scholarships.

The Alumni Relations program promotes alumni giving, programming, volunteering and engagement with current students and alumni.


Hannah Granfield
Director of Foundation Relations Karen Gilbert
Director of Development Joanna DiStefano
Alumni Relations Coordinator


Sandra Ward
Assistant VP of Strategic Partnerships and Development Maria Gomes
Director of Grants Sarah Bourdon
Senior Grants Officer Heidi Carlson
Senior Grants Officer Michelle Strawder
Senior Grants Officer Amy Rodriguez
Grants Associate