PSU Names Executive Director of University Advancement

March 8th, 2009 by Adam
Sylvia Bryant
PSU names Sylvia Bryant executive director of University Advancement

PLYMOUTH, N.H.- Dr. Sylvia Bryant, an accomplished fundraiser with an exceptional record of success in higher education has been named Plymouth State University’s first executive director of University Advancement. Bryant, of Alfred Station, N.Y. is currently the associate vice president for Individual Giving at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y.

As the executive director of University Advancement Bryant will oversee a division encompassing development, advancement services, and alumni relations.

During her 10-year career at Alfred University Bryant directed a $150 million comprehensive campaign that raised $5 million over goal; was a member of the executive team that solicited and secured a $10 million gift to endow the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering; and secured over $7 million from New York State legislative initiatives and agency programs. She has been instrumental in developing international educational partnerships.

PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said Bryant’s experience and expertise would enhance the University’s fundraising efforts.

“Sylvia Bryant has an extraordinary record of success in all aspects of advancement. She is a leader who will work collaboratively with the entire University community to grow our advancement program,” said Steen.

Bryant also has significant major gifts experience and has managed corporate and foundation fundraising.

“I’m very pleased to be joining Plymouth State University and to becoming part of the community. There is great potential for developing institutional resources, and I look forward to working with the campus, the Plymouth community, and friends and alumni to further the University’s mission.”

Before her appointment as Alfred University’s associate vice president for Individual Giving, Bryant served as the interim vice president for University Relations, the executive director of Development & Capital Campaigns, and director of Corporate & Foundation Relations.

Bryant also is active in her community. She chairs the board of the St. James Mercy Health System, in Hornell, N.Y., and has served as executive director of the Allegany County United Way, and as President of the board of the Alfred Montessori School.

Originally from Missouri, Bryant earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Missouri-Rolla, her master’s degree in English from the University of Kansas, and her doctorate in English from the University of Washington.

Bryant begins her duties in June.

About Plymouth State University

Plymouth State University is the University System of New Hampshire’s regional comprehensive university that combines a heritage of teaching excellence with innovation in engaged research and community outreach. Approximately 4,300 undergraduate and 2,700 graduate students currently are enrolled at PSU, which has state-of-the-art academic and residential facilities; a classic New England village campus; four-season recreation; and historic landscapes that inspire all who study, work, and live here.

The University has taken a leadership role among the nation’s most environmentally friendly institutions of higher education. In 2006 Plymouth State opened the Langdon Woods Residential Complex, the first building in New Hampshire—and one of the first and largest university residence halls in the country—to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. Langdon Woods is just one example of the University’s commitment to the environment, which also encompasses a campus-wide recycling program; new courses and majors aimed at preparing graduates for careers in environmental science, stewardship, and policy; and EcoHouse, a new learning laboratory that shows students how even small-scale environmental design features can have important environmental implications.

For more information contact PSU Director of Public Relations Christopher Williams, (603) 535-2476.

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