Appointment: Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Development and Executive Director of the Buffalo State College Foundation

From the President
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Susanne P. Bair, P.E.D., as vice president for institutional advancement and development and executive director of the Buffalo State College Foundation. Vice President Bair will lead and manage the development and advancement efforts of the college consistent with our strategic priorities. She will have direct oversight responsibilities for the offices of Institutional Advancement and Development, Alumni Relations, College Relations, and Government Relations.

Dr. Bair received her doctorate in physical education from Indiana University in 1991, having majored in athletic administration with a higher education minor. She earned both a master of science and a bachelor of science in physical education from Indiana State University.

Her professional background includes nearly 14 years in development, most recently as vice president for development at Fletcher Allen Health Care, an academic medical center in Burlington, Vermont. Prior to that role, Dr. Bair held several development and external affairs positions at Indiana University over a 12-year period, serving as vice president of development for the Indiana University Foundation for two years. This position called for partnership-building among academic deans and campus chancellors at several regional campuses. Dr. Bair has successfully led and participated in capital and academic endowment campaigns that generated significant support for endowed faculty chairs and professorships. She also led a strategic planning effort for the Indiana University Foundation and developed quantifiable measurements and greater accountability for major gifts.

Throughout her career, Dr. Bair has been active in university and community service. She developed undergraduate fundraising courses that were accepted into the Indiana University curriculum. She also served as an adjunct faculty member for three years at the Indiana University Center for Philanthropy and taught graduate-level fundraising courses for two additional years at Indiana University. She was a member of the Bloomington Indiana Rotary, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, and the Indiana University Purdue University at Fort Wayne Advisory Board.

Dr. Bair has received many awards and honors including the Indiana University Thomas Hart Benton Medallion for distinction in service, the Indiana State University Eleanor St. John Outstanding Alumna Award, and the Indiana State University Outstanding Teaching Award.

Her career shows a steady progression of promotion, advancement, and success in the development arena. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Susanne P. Bair to the Buffalo State College community.