For Immediate Release—Monday, Oct. 30, 2006


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

Debra Hill Named Interim Vice President

for College Advancement at SUNY Geneseo

GENESEO, N.Y.—Debra Hill of Geneseo, N.Y., has been named interim vice president for college advancement at the State University of New York at Geneseo. An alumna of Geneseo, she began her new role Oct. 23.

Hill, who most recently has served as an assistant vice president for college advancement, has a 20-year career with Geneseo in the college advancement division. She joined the staff of the college in 1986 as a development officer. In1988, Hill was promoted to serve as director of corporate and special gifts. In 1991, she was promoted again, this time to serve as executive director of alumni and parent relations, a position she held until January of this year when she was named an assistant vice president for college advancement.

In her new role, Hill also will serve as interim president of the Geneseo Foundation, as the college's chief advancement officer and a member of the President's Cabinet. She will oversee a staff of 23 advancement professionals who work in development, alumni relations and communications and publications.

"Debra Hill is an outstanding advancement professional who has the additional virtue of intimate knowledge of the college's culture and mission gained over the 35 years in which she has been associated with us as a student, alumna and professional staff member," said Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl. "I know that her appointment to this position will bring great pleasure to our alumni and community members, and I am confident that she will do an excellent job in her new role."

Before joining Geneseo's staff, Hill served as director of career development at Genesee Community College from 1981-85. She began her career in higher education at GCC in 1975. She also served as coordinator of the annual fund at Monroe Community College from 1985-86.

Hill received her bachelor's degree in English from Geneseo in 1975 and her master's degree in educational administration from SUNY Brockport in 1979.

In 1999-2000, Hill was selected to participate in HERS-New England Management Institute for Women in Higher Education at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. This yearlong experience helped prepare Hill and provided her with effective tools as she took on additional leadership roles at the college.

Throughout her career at Geneseo, Hill has solidified the college's relations with its 47,000 alumni, secured gifts from donors and managed a portfolio of leadership gift prospects, coordinated community and emeriti/retiree relations activities, served as executive director of the Geneseo Alumni Association Board of Directors, initiated new publications and launched the first Senior Challenge fund-raiser.

Hill is looking forward to new challenges to advance Geneseo's national reputation and fund-raising support.

"My work with Geneseo faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends over the past 20 years has convinced me that we can accomplish so much going into the future," said Hill. "I look forward to the exciting work ahead, as we seek to increase both recognition of, and financial support for, this wonderful college."

In 2005, Hill received the President's Award for Outstanding Professional Service from SUNY Geneseo. She is a member of the SUNY Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Council for University Advancement and Development. From 1991-93, she served as an executive board member of SUNY/CUAD.

Hill lives in the village of Geneseo with her husband Brad. They have two grown sons.