K.C. Cassell '82, P'07, P'10, who has served as Director of Gift Planning, was recently promoted to Director of Development for Principal Gifts. Now in his fifth year on staff at the Colleges, he has served in Alumni House as a major gifts officer as well as Director of Gift Planning and the Wheeler Society.
“I have witnessed the generosity and importance of gift giving at the Colleges as a Hobart alum, parent and now more than ever, as Director of Development for Principal Gifts, says Cassell.
With experience and expertise in major gifts and gift planning, Cassell has his sights set on the future. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to do my part in advancing the Colleges by helping alums, parents and friends contribute transformational gifts as we enter the last phases of Campaign for the Colleges, says Cassell, who as a Hobart student, was a history major and member of the basketball team.
• Kerry Cassell P’07, P’10, to Director of Parent Relations.
A Boston native, she attended Quincy College in Quincy, Mass., and moved to Geneva and Hobart and William Smith in 2003 from Colorado, where she had been in admissions and student testing at the Dawson School. Since starting at HWS, she has been a residential education coordinator, major gifts program administrator, and then assistant director of parent relations for the Colleges.
“My work with Parents Relations allows me to experience firsthand the powerful outcomes of support and generosity from our parents, alumni and alumnae who annually invest in this wonderful place, she says. “I am especially proud to be a parent of two Hobart and William Smith students.
• Sarah Gaffin ’78, to Assistant Vice President for Planned Giving.
She became director of annual support for the Colleges in 1982, and over the next 15 years, held several positions. She created the Colleges’ planned giving program and the Wheeler Society. Between 1997 and 2004, she held a variety of development positions at Rochester Institute of Technology and WXXI, the Public Broadcasting System channel in Rochester. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies, with honors, from William Smith.
“I was 27 years old when I came to William Smith College and asked the dean if I could study here, she recalls. “She was the first of so many people who gave me a chance to realize my potential. I want to give something back in honor of all that these Colleges have given to me.
• Jen Nesbit, to Director of Reunion Campaigns.
She joined the staff at HWS in June 2007, after serving three years as director of annual giving at her alma mater, Gettysburg College, where she previously was associate director of annual giving. She now works with Reunion Classes to enhance giving to their class gifts and to The Fund for Hobart and William Smith, the Colleges’ annual fund.
“I had such a transformative experience at a liberal arts college that I want to help other alums understand the important role they play in their alma mater’s ongoing strength and well-being, she said. “Reunion is a special time to revitalize those connections and to appreciate the tremendous momentum currently at Hobart and William Smith.
Vice President of Institutional Advancement Bob O’Connor praised his staff.
“I am grateful for the continued commitment and energy that these staff members bring to our organization, said O’Connor. “Their passion and enthusiasm for the Colleges are evident in the work they accomplish every day as they match the needs of the Colleges with the individual goals of alumni, alumnae, parents and friends.