GENEVA, N.Y. – Hobart and William Smith President Mark Gearan recently announced the appointment of Michael J. Catillaz as the Colleges' new vice-president for institutional advancement. Catillaz will oversee alumni and alumnae relations, development, communications, and advancement services. Working with a staff of approximately 40 people, he will provide strategic direction for the advancement operation as well as day-to-day support and leadership.
Catillaz joins Hobart and William Smith after 19 years at Rochester Institute of Technology. Most recently he served as director for the division of college advancement for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), where he led the college's development function and managed alumni relations, marketing communications, media relations, and marketing research. Prior to that appointment he spent 10 years as the executive director of the NTID Foundation, where he created and directed a comprehensive program of fund raising at NTID.
“We are delighted to have Mike join our institutional advancement team and the Hobart and William Smith community at large,” said Gearan, “He brings vast experience in development and a strong commitment to the mission of Hobart and William Smith.”
Originally from Saranac Lake, N.Y., Catillaz received the B.A., Ed.S., and M.S. at the University of Albany, and an M.B.A. at Rochester Institute of Technology. He and his family reside in Victor, N.Y.
Catillaz will begin his new position on February 5, replacing Roy Dexheimer, who is retiring after two years with the Colleges. Dexheimer joined the institutional advancement staff after retiring as district superintendent of the BOCES district in Tompkins, Seneca, and Tioga counties. He is a 1955 graduate of Hobart College and has served on the Board of Trustees for nearly 30 years.
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