Smith College Appoints Vice President for Advancement
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Smith College President Carol T. Christ has announced the appointment of Patricia “Trish” Jackson, currently associate vice president for development at Dartmouth College, as vice president for advancement at Smith, effective Sept. 1, 2005.
A former advancement director at Mount Holyoke College who has led fund-raising efforts in higher education for more than 20 years, Jackson will manage a professional staff and volunteer committees to garner support for Smith from alumnae, friends, corporations and foundations.
“Trish is an established leader in higher education advancement and a wonderful fit for Smith,” said Christ. “Smith College has ambitious goals and Trish will play a vital role in helping us realize them.”
Jackson began her career in 1983 at her alma mater, Scripps College in California, where she established the Scripps Association of Families to support admissions, career services and fundraising.
Later she assumed leadership roles in capital campaigns that included Claremont McKenna College’s $50-million campaign; Mount Holyoke College’s $139-million campaign; and Wheaton College’s $65-million campaign, which exceeded its goal by more than $25 million.
"I am delighted to return to the Pioneer Valley to join the Smith community,” said Jackson, who succeeds Karin George ’86. “ I am particularly excited to have the chance to work with a talented faculty and staff, passionate and involved alumnae and a remarkable leader in Carol Christ.”
Jackson earned a bachelor of psychology from Scripps College and a master of business administration from Drucker School of Management at the Claremont Graduate University. At Scripps, Jackson has served as a board member and president of the Alumnae Association. She was recently selected as an alumna trustee candidate for a three-year term beginning in July 2005.
She is also a volunteer at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) both the international and district levels, having once served as the organization’s vice president for education.
Smith College is consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost liberal arts colleges. Enrolling 2,800 students from every state and 60 other countries, Smith is the largest undergraduate women’s college in the country.
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