Advancement Officer Diamond Takes UVM Post
Public Affairs Director Collins Moves to F&M
Marcus M. Diamond, Bryn Mawr's former chief advancement officer and secretary of the College, accepted a position as vice president for development and alumni relations at the University of Vermont, President Nancy J. Vickers announced this summer.
Diamond, whose tenure at Bryn Mawr began in 1999, oversaw the development and public-affairs functions of the College and had overall responsibility for its $225 million comprehensive fundraising campaign, Challenging Women. As a part of that effort, he secured the three largest outright gifts in Bryn Mawr's history, drove a record-breaking annual fund program, and created a new leadership development program. He also negotiated and helped shape the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center, a major public-relations initiative with important implications for broadening and supporting institutional culture.
"Marc brought a fresh enthusiasm to fundraising at Bryn Mawr," said Vickers. "He believes in the transformative potential of philanthropy, and he found creative ways to communicate that commitment."
In mid-August, Diamond reported that gifts and pledges to Challenging Women had reached a total of nearly $216 million, just $9 million away from the campaign's $225 million goal. "Within that, we have reached our $17 million minimum goal for commitments in support of the Goodhart renovation," Diamond said. "These are great achievements, and we should all be proud of what we have done together."
Beginning in September, Director of Development Martha Dean will assume the role of executive director of development, providing overall leadership to the Resources office and the campaign.
"Martha has been a part of everything we have achieved in Challenging Women, and brings wide experience from her eight years here, and from her previous work at Swarthmore and Penn," Diamond said. Indeed, she stepped in this role before at Swarthmore, and laid the groundwork for their successful campaign. She has worked closely with all our campaign leaders and with Nancy Vickers, and her leadership will provide a smooth transition and ultimate success."
Next week, Bryn Mawr will also bid farewell to Director of Public Affairs Nancy Collins, who, like Diamond, has been at the College since 1999. Collins will become vice president for communications at Franklin & Marshall College, overseeing marketing and public relations.
"In her eight years here," said Diamond, "Nancy built a highly respected and effective public-affairs program. Under her leadership, the office initiated public opinion surveys, developed high-quality print and online communications, and played an increasing role in various areas of the College. Nancy implemented a strategic approach to media relations, and her professionalism and good judgment helped the College deal with some very difficult moments."
Collins played a leading role in the development of the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center, including planning and executing its highly visible and successful launch last September. Visitors to the Bryn Mawr campus have Collins to thank for the attractive signage and maps that direct them to key buildings.
Upon Collins' departure, Al Dorof will become acting director, and will take on the management of this office in addition to his responsibilities as director of publications. Since he joined the College in 2000, Dorof has developed and produced Bryn Mawr's annual reports and other key publications such as Bryn Mawr S&T. His expertise in managing production costs for publications has resulted in significant savings College-wide.
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