Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The recruitment of the first Vice Chancellor for University Advancement is a critical step in our ongoing efforts to build a CUNY-wide advancement operation, essential to significantly increasing the University’s effectiveness in private fundraising and ensuring the success of our students, faculty and academic programs. During the past year, The City University of New York has conducted a thorough search for a newly created position of Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, and I am grateful to the members of the search committee who worked diligently to identify and interview top candidates for this important position.
I’m very pleased to announce that following my recommendation, the Board of Trustees has named Brigette A. Bryant as CUNY’s first Vice Chancellor for University Advancement. I believe that in Brigette Bryant we have attracted an accomplished leader with a proven track record who fully embraces CUNY’s mission and strategic vision. Ms. Bryant will work closely with the Chancellor, the Board of Trustees, donors, the college presidents and the senior advancement team throughout CUNY to increase the success of fundraising across the University, focusing on the expansion of major and principal gifts, alumni relations, annual funding, planned giving, as well as best practices in resource development systems and infrastructure.
Ms. Bryant is currently Associate Vice President for Development at Seton Hall University and formerly held top fundraising jobs at Tufts University and Case Western Reserve University, as well as other development positions in higher education including at Columbia University. Ms. Bryant earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music.
At Seton Hall, Ms. Bryant more than doubled contributions and increased the number of donors dramatically. At Case Western Reserve, she also stepped into a newly created position, expanding a centralized fundraising team while unifying school-based fundraisers under a single university umbrella, and she managed her own portfolio, leading to a number of principal gifts. At Tufts, she led an alumni campaign, increasing substantially the number of major gift donors and significantly raising the giving levels of existing donors.
Ms. Bryant’s interest in CUNY is personal as well as professional. A New Yorker by birth, she grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and watched her single mother work hard to balance college, work and the care of her two children. Her mother graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice just two years shy of Ms. Bryant’s own graduation from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and the Arts. With gratitude to CUNY and recognition of its essential mission, Ms. Bryant is strongly committed to providing access and opportunity to other NYC students.
Please join me in congratulating Ms. Bryant on her new position and in welcoming her to the CUNY community.
James B. Milliken
The City University of New York