York Hires Seasoned Development Director

In its ongoing efforts to increase York College's fundraising profile, the Office of Institutional Advancement recently added a new member to the Advancement team.

Larry Cowen has come onboard as Development Director and will report to Dolores Swirin-Yao, vice president for Institutional Advancement. He has honed his fundraising expertise at various higher education institutions, including Yeshiva University, Rutgers University and at the City University of New York (CUNY), where he served similar roles both at Queensborough Community College and The Graduate Center.
"Larry's years of experience both inside and outside of CUNY makes him a real pro at raising funds for higher education," says Swirin-Yao. "While I have focused on working with alumni and others capable of making contributions of $100,000 and up, there are thousands of alumni capable of making $1,000, $10,000 or $25,000 contributions to their alma mater [and] who have not been contacted except for receiving a fundraising letter in the mail."
The vice president added that Cowen will spend most of his time "on the road," reconnecting with alumni, getting them involved at York and ultimately, securing their support for the College.
"We welcome suggestions from faculty members on alumni to whom we can reach out," said Swirin-Yao, who has worked with veteran and retired faculty such as Professors Jack Schlein and Leslie Lewis, to raise funds from former students who are now doctors and dentists.
"I am thrilled to be at York College and returning to CUNY after being away for six years," says Cowen, who is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. "I bring to York, my development experience that spans three Universities, two public and one private, in Business, Liberal Arts and Health Sciences. I also bring my passion for the development of resources for higher education. I like to think of myself as 'fulfilling philanthropic needs one donor at a time."

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