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Say-Witter Named VP of Institutional Advancement

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Say-Witter Named VP of Institutional Advancement

Will oversee all institutional fundraising programs including alumni and donor relations.

D'Youville President Lorrie Clemo has appointed Pamela Say-Witter as the new vice president for institutional advancement. Say-Witter will lead strategic visioning to build and strengthen relationships with a broad range of constituencies and to encourage the advocacy of, investment in, and support of the College’s initiatives, programs, and students, as well as execute bold fundraising innovations for the College. 

As a member of the President's Council, Say-Witter will work with the president, vice presidents, and emerging leadership team to provide support for innovation and creativity leading to student success, student equity, and institutional effectiveness. 

Pamela Say-Witter VP of Institutional Advancement

Say-Witter comes to D'Youville from Trocaire College where she served as the vice president for development and community engagement for nearly six years. She is looking forward to bringing her experience to D'Youville to help the College reach its potential and beyond. 

In her role at Trocaire College, Say-Witter and her marketing and communications team brought home seven national and regional awards in two years, successfully launched a total college rebrand and new website, and saw marked improvement in targeted marketing, advertising, and social and digital engagement. Her development and alumni relations teams achieved across the board increases in giving and alumni and stakeholder engagement. 

"This is a critical time for the higher education industry," says Say-Witter. "Change is rapid and stakeholders increasingly require excellent outcomes in all areas of institutional effectiveness. Joining the D'Youville College executive team, I am aligning with an institution that is ahead of the curve in terms of innovation and vision and which, under Dr. Clemo's leadership, is building an inclusive culture that fosters ideas and brings them to fruition. That is no easy task in an industry that has traditionally moved very slow."

Say-Witter received the 2014 Citizen of the Year Award from the Allegany Pomona Grange, 2012 Alumna of the Year award from Leadership Cattaraugus, 2011 Buffalo Business First "40 Under 40" honoree, and 2012 Outstanding Achiever Award from the Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce. She was named an Athena Young Professional Finalist by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership in 2016. 

Previously, she worked for Houghton College as the Executive Director of Development, served as cofounder and chairwoman of Leadership Allegany, and oversaw Event Management for St. Bonaventure University. While at Houghton, her team saw a 40% sustainable increase in annual fund revenue and completed a myriad of capital campaigns and giving challenges.   

"I am looking forward to contributing nearly two decades of solid success in fundraising, marketing, grants, and community relations, as well as a passion for bringing best business practice to the nonprofit realm," adds Say-Witter. "Keep an eye out! We're going to do some great things for Buffalo and beyond!"

Say-Witter is a nationally-published author and speaker. Her three books include a novel, "Hope Rising," a children's book, "Chuck and Spark Explore the Park," and an industry book, "Five Strategies to Increase Annual Fund Revenue."

She frequently writes, speaks, and teaches classes and conference sessions on topics related to communications, fundraising, leadership, and life. She has offered keynote speeches or acted as session speaker at more than 40 conferences throughout the country. 

Say-Witter is a 2017 graduate of SUNY Empire State College with a master’s degree in business administration and in 2019 will be awarded the school's Emerging Leader Award out of more than 80,000 alumni. She is a 2001 graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication.  

As a volunteer, Pam has served as a resource leader for Allegany County 4H, board member for the Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce and Cuba Memorial Hospital, patient volunteer for Hospice, and a trustee and Sunday school teacher for Cuba First Baptist Church. She is currently the president of the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Western New York and serves on the Content Advisory Committee for AFP Global.