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Donna Frithsen

Donna Frithsen joined the Purchase College leadership team in August 2019.  Previously, she had served as Vice President of Campaign Strategy & Operations at Drexel University since July 2017. Prior to that, she was Vice President for Development, Medicine, and Health Affairs at Drexel University from 2015 through 2017, and Associate Vice President for Advancement at Drexel College of Medicine from 2013 until 2015.

Before arriving at Drexel College of Medicine, she was Chief Development Officer at Bryn Mawr College from 2009 through 2013. She also led development offices at Drew University, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Goucher College, University of Maryland, College Park Foundation, and the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine.

A strong advocate of higher education, Donna has decades of experience, knowledge, and insights related to leading and implementing fundraising and major gifts efforts, overseeing corporate and foundation relations and planned giving campaigns, engaging alumni, and fostering strategic collaboration across departments and academic programs.

She holds a BA from Boston College, an MA from Rowan University, and certificates in leadership development from Johns Hopkins and in higher education management from the Harvard Institute in Higher Education Management.


Ex-Officio Member, The PAC Advisory Council


Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Purchase College and Executive Director, Purchase College Foundation


Executive Director, Purchase College Foundation