Troy native gains appointment at Saint Rose

Assistant VP of Development at Virginia Tech to Lead Fundraising and Alumni Relations

                The College of Saint Rose today announced the appointment of Ian Farrell, assistant vice president at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, as its vice president for institutional advancement.

                In his new capacity as head of the Office of Institutional Advancement, Farrell will lead the College’s development and alumni relations programs and initiatives, including fundraising, alumni affairs, capital campaign and annual fund, special events, and corporate, foundation and government relations.  Farrell will assume his new role January 20, 2015.

                At Virginia Tech, Farrell provided leadership and strategic direction to the development efforts of the university’s eight colleges.  Before joining Virginia Tech in 2013, Farrell had served in major gifts and gift planning at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, for 13 years.

                “Over the course of his career, Ian has been a leading force in development and gift campaigns that have strengthened the organizations he represented. Both within the Capital Region and on the national scene, Ian is highly respected in his field,” said Saint Rose President Dr. Carolyn J. Stefanco. “I am delighted to welcome Ian back to New York and to the Saint Rose community, and I have every confidence that he will lead us to new heights and new standards of excellence in the advancement arena.”

                “I am deeply honored and tremendously excited to assume this pivotal role with The College of Saint Rose.  The opportunity to engage alumni, faculty, staff, students, trustees, parents and friends of Saint Rose in advancing this outstanding institution is one that I believe is singular in nature.  Like President Stefanco, I look forward to working strategically and collaboratively to realize the exciting possibilities that exist for Saint Rose as we approach the start of the College’s second century,” said Farrell.

During his tenure at Virginia Tech, Farrell’s leadership of the fundraising objectives and strategies resulted in nearly $59 million in gifts to the institution’s eight colleges.  He started at Rensselaer in 2000 as an assistant director for individual gifts and gift planning and, by 2008, rose to director of regional development.  As a member of Rensselaer’s Division of Institute Advancement leadership team, Farrell developed and implemented the strategic plan for regional development, which produced more than $45 million in total gift commitments.

Prior to joining Rensselaer, Farrell held positions at DeMaria Farrell Financial in Clifton Park and the Kruger-Ross Agency, Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance in Albany.

Farrell holds a master of business administration and a bachelor of arts in political science, both from the University at Albany.  He maintains professional membership in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

A graduate of Troy High School, Farrell and his wife, Nancy, a dental hygienist, have two children: Meagan, a graduate of both Rensselaer and the University at Albany who works in elementary education; and Adam, a graduate student at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania studying exercise science.


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