Hersey Egginton, Chappaqua, New York, is the new Director of Development for Major and Planned Gifts at Purchase College, State University of New York effective July 5. He was previously the Director of Development at the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University.
“We welcome Hersey Egginton and look forward to his leadership in guiding Purchase College to new levels of fundraising that will engage alumni and the community in the vitality of the campus,” said Margaret Sullivan, Vice President for External Affairs and Development Purchase College.
Mr. Egginton will report to the Vice President for External Affairs and Development and will be responsible for developing a major gifts portfolio that enhances both community and alumni relations. His responsibilities will include working effectively with prospective and current donors and augmenting the planned giving program with newsletters, financial seminars and meetings with individuals.
A graduate of Middlebury College, Mr. Egginton earned a master’s degree in journalism from the Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications, an MBA in marketing and finance from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the Columbia University Teachers College.
He has been Director of Development at the Culinary Institute of America; Director of Development at Baruch College, The City University of New York; Assistant Director of the Columbia College Fund of Columbia University; a fundraising campaign consultant at Kersting, Brown, Inc.; Director of Publications at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas; and product manager for several corporations that distribute health and beauty aids, food products, and luxury wines and spirits.
Mr. Egginton joins a team at Purchase that has sustained a solid fundraising foundation. Purchase recently raised over $20 million for a campaign in which 100% of the Purchase College Foundation Board participated. Purchase has also been nationally recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. CASE has awarded Purchase the prestigious Circle of Excellence Award for Philanthropy for exemplary performance in successive years.
Purchase is increasingly acknowledged for its programs in the liberal arts and sciences as well as the visual and performing arts. Alumni of the College are accomplished professionals and a large part of the College’s foundation.