October 16, 1996Contact: Jane Finalborgo
Appointment Marks a New Era in Development and Alumni Relations at Southampton Graduate Campus
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s part of a plan to unify its approach to alumni and development efforts, Southampton Graduate Campus of Long Island University has appointed Mary C. Foster to the post of Director of Development and Alumni Relations. Ms. Foster plans to strengthen the College's alumni network through affiliation by major as well as graduating year.
"I'm delighted to join the College at a time when so many things are going on," said Ms. Foster. "In addition to the plans for the new $7.2 million Academic Center and the arrival of 14 new faculty members, including essayist Roger Rosenblatt and whale specialist Paul Forestell, there is a real sense of an institution on the move."
A resident of Greenport, N.Y., Ms. Foster was formerly a development consultant for the Peconic Land Trust in Southampton. Prior to that she was director of development for China Institute in New York, and executive director of Learning Through Art, The Guggenheim Museum Children's Program, a city-wide school program which she expanded to include 4,000 public school students, designing six annual children's exhibitions and raising $3.5 million in five years. She has 20 years experience in program development and fund-raising with arts, education and environmental institutions.
"Many people don't realize that in addition to its considerable cultural and intellectual contributions, Southampton Graduate Campus has an important economic impact on our area," said Ms. Foster. "The College has grown to become one of the largest and most stable employers on the East End of Long Island. Its $12.6 million payroll covers 391 people, and its operating budget is $25.3 million. Given the standard multipliers, that means that the College has an economic impact of some $50 million and is responsible for 1,118 jobs."
Ms. Foster has strong ties to the area. For 13 generations her family on her mother's side have lived in East Hampton. Her great-grandfather, Abram E. Sherrill, established Sherrill's Dairy in 1910, which her grandfather, Edwin Sherrill, continued for 50 years. Her mother, Sherrill Foster, an architectural historian and writer, resides in East Hampton on the site of the former dairy.
The College's restructuring of the alumni and development areas is part of a University-wide reorganization which began in Fall, 1995. It has included the addition of development professionals who work together with campus alumni officers, according to Jerome Kleinman, Vice President for University Relations.
With 7,000 alumni, of whom 2,800 reside in Suffolk County, the College has 1,500 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate courses, including 150 in the Friends World Program with seven overseas centers. Founded in 1963, the College is part of Long Island University, one of the 10 largest private universities in the United States.