Search: Albright Vice President for Advancement

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Albright College is searching for its next vice president for advancement.  The vice president for advancement will play a principal role in advancing a college deeply committed to the success of students of academic promise and engaged with the city of Reading, Berks County, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The vice president will build and sustain strong and sincere interpersonal relationships both internally and externally, will demonstrate a track record of major and principal gift fundraising success, and will possess the leadership and managerial acumen necessary to galvanize the full advancement team, providing day-to-day oversight and leadership to the college’s advancement programs among both individual and organization constituents (including alumni, parents, friends, corporations, foundations, community leaders, and others). This leader will be expected to follow advancement best practices and will be experienced at change management. The vice president will guide and counsel the president on all planned and executed activities involving presidential donor prospects and suspects, and will help to position the president as a leader in the community and among alumni.

The person who fills this role oversees major gifts, annual giving, corporate and foundation relations and alumni relations, reports to the president, and serves as a member of the president’s cabinet.  The successful candidate will collaborate and communicate effectively with many college constituencies.

At Albright, we believe our differences make us stronger and empower us to better understand and value one another in a just and fair manner. With this in mind, the college recruits, houses, educates, employs, supports, and generally celebrates people of all races, ethnicities, national origins, citizenship statuses, religious or spiritual identity, genders and gender identities, sexual orientations, marital and parental statuses, veteran statuses, political affiliations, and physical and mental abilities.

Albright College Xion Dance Team, 2018-2019

Search Consultants

Aspen Leadership Group has been selected as Albright’s search firm. ALG is the national leader in advancement search. Senior consultant Anne Johnson (

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. For priority consideration, please submit your materials by November 12, 2019. Before submitting your materials, please read them over for accuracy. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected.

To read the entire position specification, visit: VP for Advancement Prospectus.

To apply for this position, visit:  Vice President for Advancement, Albright College.

To nominate a candidate, please contact Anne Johnson:  

Field hockey team with Albright College Lion mascot


Search Committee


Communications to our Community

October 7, 2019

Dear Fellow Albrightians,

On September 18, I announced that Christy Agnese was leaving the college and that a search for a new vice president for advancement would commence immediately. Today, I share an update on that search, including the identification of a search consultant and the appointment of a search committee. All details for the search will be maintained on the search website.

Several of your colleagues have agreed to serve on the search committee. These search committee members are available to answer your questions and I encourage you to share with them your thoughts on the next vice president for advancement. Service on a search committee is a commitment of both time and effort, and I thank them for their service.

David Tanner, Director of the Center for the Arts

Heidi Mau, Assistant Professor of Communications; Faculty Advisor – Albright Arts Magazine

Laura Kline, Director of Career Development

Jen Stoudt, Vice President for Communications

Kathy Cafoncelli, Chief of Staff

Autumn Blalock, senior theater and psychology co-major, student representative

Staff: Kristy Kline

I will be serving as search committee chair. I have consulted with the chair of the Advancement and Communications Committee of the Board, as well as the chair of the Alumni Board. Both have agreed that they do not need to be represented on the search committee, so I will be keeping them regularly informed.

After interviews and reference checking, Aspen Leadership Group has been selected as the search consultant for this search. The consultant, Anne Johnson, will be visiting campus for the initial “intake visit” this Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 9-10. She will be meeting with the search committee, as well as a number of groups on campus. If you wish to be involved, please reach out to Kristy Kline, search committee staff, and let her know.

We are moving forward with efficiency and hope to identify and appoint a new vice president who will serve Albright’s needs and mission well within six months. In the meantime, I am working with Advancement leadership and team members to ensure that the division continues its excellent work. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

I wish each of you a happy Monday!

Warm regards,



September 18, 2019

Good afternoon, Albright faculty and staff –

It is with mixed emotions that I share the news that Christy Agnese, vice president for advancement, will soon begin a new adventure at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., as the director of development for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). Christy’s last day at Albright will be October 4. Since shortly after my arrival at Albright College, Christy has played a key role as manager, leader, and cabinet team member. Her expertise, leadership and management skills, and laughter and enthusiasm will be sorely missed.

Since the restructuring of the college leadership team in January 2018, when Christy was appointed to her current role, she has worked with her team to ensure that monetary support aligned with Albright College needs and vision. She and her team collaborated with colleagues in the Communication division to develop case statements for fundraising initiatives. She set data-based fundraising goals for the division, and worked to exceed those goals last year. She has put in place much-needed policies and processes which benefit us all.  And Christy has partnered with donors, trustees and friends of the college to position Albright for success.

Beyond the leadership of the Advancement division, Christy also co-led with Melissa Wells ’86 the inclusive and iterative process that resulted in the adoption of Albright’s core values, mission, and vision. She has also been a passionate and active member of the President’s Advisory Council on Wellness since she arrived on campus in 2016.

Many of you know that Christy came to Albright College from Ithaca. Both she and her husband, Dan, have shared a family goal of returning to Ithaca. The position at CALS allows Christy and her family to return to the place they call home. Christy will be working at an institution that works to tackle challenges in natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-bring. Christy will have the opportunity to work to raise engagement and support in these research areas that align with her personal values.

Leadership in the Advancement division is essential. A search will commence immediately and a search committee is currently being organized. I am interviewing search consulting firms, and will engage one in the near future. I am also working with members of the Advancement division and others to develop an interim leadership plan. The Advancement team has made great strides in exceeding their goals, and we plan for them to continue that work.

I am so grateful for Christy’s partnership and leadership at Albright College these past few years. We will certainly take time to celebrate her many contributions in person before she departs.

Please join me in wishing Christy the best as she returns to the place she knows as home in Ithaca, N.Y.

Warm regards,