Alum to run annual giving
Susan Lyons of Cambridge, Mass., was recently appointed
director of annual giving at Bowdoin College. Lyons, who will take up
her duties on November 21, is currently the deputy director of the Harvard
College Fund at Harvard University.
A 1989 Bowdoin graduate, Lyons will have overall responsibility
for the organization, planning, and management of the College's program
to seek annual gifts from alumni and friends. Bowdoin's annual giving
program raises over $7 million each year.
She succeeds Elizabeth D. Orlic, who has directed the annual
giving program at Bowdoin for the past three years. Orlic, who led the
Alumni Fund to its most successful year ever for the fiscal year ending
June 30, 2001, has been named to a new post as a senior capital support
officer at the College.
"Susan Lyons is a highly talented development officer
who has an outstanding track record of accomplishment at the Harvard Alumni
fund," said William Torrey, Bowdoin's vice president for planning
and development. "We're delighted that she is returning to Bowdoin
in this important position to direct our Annual Giving program, and I
very much look forward to working with her."
In addition to supervising the Alumni Fund, the Friends
of the College Fund, and the Polar Bear Athletic Fund, Lyons will work
with the director of parent giving and play a key role in the development
of comprehensive strategies for all aspects of the College's fundraising
Lyons has been a member of the Harvard College Fund staff
since 1991, most recently collaborating with the executive director and
senior staff on the strategic planning and direction of reunion and non-reunion
fundraising for Harvard's $75 million annual fund.
She served as campaign director for the 25th Reunion Gift
for the Harvard class of 1976-Harvard's first co-ed class, which raised
over $25 million with a record-breaking participation rate of 70%.
At Harvard she also served as west coast regional director
and associate director of the Fund, and hosted travel study programs to
Greece, Turkey, and the Yangtze River in China.
Lyons earned her master of theological studies degree at
the Harvard Divinity School in 1992 and is enrolled in a certificate program
in business and administration at the Harvard Extension School.
A native of Dyer Brook, Maine, she is a 1985 graduate of
Southern Aroostook Community High School. She graduated with honors from
Bowdoin in 1989, with a degree in philosophy.