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Cazenovia College Announces New Hires in the Division of Institutional Advancement

Alumna is promoted to Director of Cazenovia Fund; Leadership Gifts Officer and Assistant Director of the Cazenovia Fund join the team
Cazenovia, N.Y.  (Feb. 3, 2014)  – Cazenovia College recently announced the promotion of a Cazenovia Fund employee and the addition of two fundraising professionals in its Division of Institutional Advancement.

Ashlea Osborne, of Cazenovia, NY, has been promoted and now serves as Director of the Cazenovia Fund, where she is charged with the primary responsibility for planning and executing the College’s campaign for annual gift support as a part of the development department.  

Prior to serving in this expanded role, Osborne was the assistant director of the Cazenovia Fund and coordinator of the Young Alumni Program where she planned and executed outreach and fundraising programs and projects, and established positive relationships with students, parents, alumni, employees and friends of the College.  A 2012 graduate of Cazenovia College with a Bachelor of Science degree, Ashlea was named to “Who’s Who Among Students in Universities and Colleges 2012”. She looks forward to seeking new opportunities to grow annual support for her alma mater.  “I have an inevitable passion and commitment to an institution that I believe in – one that has timelessly believed in me,” said Osborne.

Ellen Paccone Robb, of East Syracuse, NY, has joined Cazenovia College as its Leadership Gifts Officer.  In this role, she will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding leadership gifts for the College from alumni and friends.  Ellen’s work will include securing commitments for the College’s Cazenovia Fund, Endowment, Capital and Planned Giving Programs.

Prior to joining Cazenovia College, Robb was employed at Syracuse University where she served as an Administrative Specialist for Advancement at the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science.  In her role at SU, she provided support for organizing, planning and implementing fundraising strategies, including communicating with donors and prospects as part of the gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship process.  She also worked as assistant editor for the Syracuse Engineer magazine.  Prior to Syracuse University, Ellen was a Phone Solicitor for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of CNY, President & Executive Director of the Southern Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director of the Tioga County Industrial Development Agency, and Regional Analyst & Planning Information Specialist for the Southern Tier East Regional Planning & Development Board.

Robb, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Rhetoric and Communications from the State University of New York at Albany, also serves as chair of the East Syracuse Zoning Board of Appeals, and is a board member and singer with the Syracuse Chorale.
“The clear goals and objectives of The Campaign for Cazenovia College present an exciting opportunity to engage alumni and friends far and near,” shared Robb. “I’m pleased to be joining the Institutional Advancement team as it continues this work, and look forward to meeting all the constituents who make Cazenovia College such a special place.”

Amanda Szymanski Wilson, of Cazenovia, NY, has joined the Cazenovia College Development staff as its Assistant Director of the Cazenovia Fund.  A 2010 graduate of Cazenovia College, Wilson will be managing the College’s Phonathon program, which includes utilizing student callers and developing strategic approaches to expand and strengthen alumni and parent giving participation. She will also be responsible for overseeing and expanding the student giving program, assisting with young alumni outreach opportunities and supporting the director of the Cazenovia Fund with annual giving efforts.

Wilson was previously employed as a Design Consultant at Best Tile, where she assisted created designs, and assisted retail customers, designers and builders with tile selections.  Prior to Best Tile, she worked at the Cazenovia College Bookstore and was a visiting instructor for an Interior Design class at Cazenovia College. She is currently serving in her second year as a board member for the Friends of the Cazenovia Library.

“I am thrilled to begin a career with my alma mater,” said Wilson, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (in Interior Design) from Cazenovia College.  “I cannot wait to take the experiences I had as a student and apply them in my new position.  I hope to continue the traditions of the College, while using my creative knowledge to increase awareness of and participation in the Cazenovia Fund.”                               

Carol M. Satchwell, Vice President for Institutional Advancement said, “I am honored to have such fine representatives on our team.  Along with other Institutional Advancement staff members, we look forward to engaging public and private partners in the activities and goals of the College, and to securing financial support for our students, faculty and staff, campus and programs.” 

Cazenovia College, founded in 1824, is an independent, co-educational, baccalaureate college located near Syracuse, N.Y., offering baccalaureate programs in the liberal arts and professional studies. Embracing student success as its primary mission, the College comprises a diverse yet close-knit residential community that fosters intellectual, social, and ethical growth. Our experiential and co-curricular learning opportunities and dedicated team of faculty and staff provide for an individualized educational experience that balances academic and student life. Cazenovia, named one of "America’s Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, is also a national College of Distinction. For more information, visit
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