SUNY Potsdam Alumni & Friends Come Through: College Exceeds Annual Fundraising Goal in Tough Times


Through the generosity of alumni and friends, SUNY Potsdam exceeded its 2009-10 fundraising goal, raising more than $2.6 million to support student scholarships and educational infrastructure at the College.

“I am extremely proud to announce that we have not only met but exceeded our goal for charitable giving to the College this year. In the face of uncertain economic times, the dedication and devotion of our alumni and friends, as well as our faculty and staff, continually leaves me awestruck with gratitude,” said SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller.

Several groups of supporters rallied, despite a difficult economy, to help achieve this success. Strong leadership from the College administration and the Potsdam College Foundation Board of Trustees was instrumental in reaching this year’s goal. Compared with the previous year, support from faculty and staff increased 135 percent, while alumni support increased 132 percent.

Given state budgetary uncertainties and the continuing recession, the increased giving serves as a testament to singular commitment to ensuring that student needs are met and that the College continues its long history of academic excellence.

“One of the great pleasures of my job is being able to spend time with our extraordinary alumni, talking about our shared vision for the College. Their generosity and unwavering commitment to SUNY Potsdam and its students assures our ability to emerge from these challenging times stronger than ever,” Dr. Schwaller said.

Among all 13 State University of New York master’s degree-granting institutions, SUNY Potsdam ranks No. 1 in the percentage of undergraduate alumni who make charitable donations to the College each year. Generous giving by alumni shows the great value they place on their education at SUNY Potsdam and the College’s important role in preparing them for success in life.

“President Schwaller’s active participation in fundraising efforts and his personal engagement with alumni and friends has been instrumental in the college reaching its fundraising goal for the year,” said Vice President for College Advancement Vicki Templeton-Cornell, who is also executive director of the Potsdam College Foundation. “Despite his many competing responsibilities and the state budgetary challenges faced by the College, SUNY Potsdam is incredibly fortunate to have a president who places a priority on alumni and development activities as a way to help ensure the long-term financial stability of the College.”

Founded in 1816, SUNY Potsdam is a four-year liberal arts college nestled on the outskirts of the Adirondack Park. Among the 64 units of The State University of New York system, SUNY Potsdam has the longest history and currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. It is well known for its academically challenging liberal arts and sciences and teacher education programs, as well as its world-renowned Crane School of Music.