Baruch College President Kathleen Waldron today announced the appointment of A. Mark Gibbel as Vice-President for College Advancement at Baruch College, CUNY. Gibbel, a veteran development officer with an extensive background in all aspects of fundraising, assumes his position immediately.
Selected following a nationwide search, Mark Gibbel comes to Baruch at a critical juncture in the College’s history. He will lead a staff of 32 and oversee all aspects of Baruch’s outreach and development efforts, including individual, corporate, and foundation giving.
He will work closely with the trustees of The Baruch College Fund to grow the College’s endowment and support its academic mission and strategic goals. His responsibilities will include oversight of the Baruch College Office of Alumni Relations and its Executives On Campus Program.
“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Gibbel as Vice President. for College Advancement at Baruch,” President Waldron stated. “Mark brings to his new position more than 15 years of development experience in support of higher education. We are confident that, even in this economically challenging time, he is just the right person to help us advance Baruch College’s academic goals by leading the College’s fundraising efforts to a new level of success and achievement.”
Mark Gibbel has been a development officer at New York University
since 1993, with increasing responsibilities and titles. Since 2007 he has been the associate dean for development and alumni relations at NYU’s Faculty of Arts and Science. In that capacity, he led a $475-million campaign, part of a larger university-wide development effort. His oversight responsibilities have included alumni relations, the annual fund, phonathons and planned giving.
A graduate of Goshen College, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Gibbel holds a Master’s of Arts degree in American Studies from NYU. From 1989-1993 he was a managing director of the campaign consulting firm of Ghiorse & Sorrenti, Inc. He has lectured on a variety of topics related to fundraising and in 2007 was the keynote speaker at the Universities’ Global Strategy Symposium, held in Tokyo.
In recent years, private donors have become increasingly important sources of revenue for public colleges. Contributions to The Baruch College Fund have increased by more than 600 percent over the past ten years. In the last fiscal year the Fund contributed ten percent of the College’s operating budget.
With an enrollment of 15,500, Baruch College has been cited for the excellence of its academic programs and diversity of its student body by such publications as U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. The 2009 edition of The Princeton Review’s best undergraduate colleges placed Baruch in the top 10 percent nationally. More recently, Baruch was included in the publication’s list of 50 “best value” public colleges in the United States.