Debbie Hill, assistant vice president for College Advancement, will be retiring from Geneseo effective February 28. While we were successful in persuading Debbie to postpone retirement once, she wishes to pursue personal interests and spend more time with family, which includes her husband Brad (Geneseo ’75), sons Lee and Evan, and their one-year old grandson. Her dedication over 27 years – primarily in alumni relations and development – has made a lasting difference in the growth and vitality of Geneseo’s advancement program.
Debbie first arrived at Geneseo as an English major in 1972, graduating magna cum laude in 1975. After more than a decade working in higher education at Genesee Community College (career services) and later, Monroe Community College (annual giving), she returned to her alma mater in 1986 as a development officer, and two years later, became director of corporate and special gifts.
In 1991, Geneseo appointed Debbie executive director of alumni and parent relations. For the next 15 years, she managed all functions of the Alumni and Parent Relations Office while also serving as executive director of the Geneseo Alumni Association Board of Directors. Under her leadership, Geneseo implemented an alumni volunteer plan for its first capital campaign, expanded the creative range of on- and off-campus alumni events, and created award-winning alumni communications – all of which led to an increase in private giving to the College.
Debbie served as interim vice president for college advancement and interim director of the Geneseo Foundation from November 2006 to July 2007. During this time, she provided critical leadership and direction to the development, alumni relations and communications functions.
She has served in her current role as assistant vice president for college advancement since 2007, and most recently, as interim vice president, for a second time, last summer during the search that led to the hiring of Bill Brower as Vice President for College Advancement.
Debbie’s current responsibilities in the areas of planned giving, major gift solicitation and community relations have proven instrumental to the success of our Shaping Lives of Purpose Campaign, which has now surpassed $21 million.
During her career at Geneseo, Debbie has served on countless commissions, boards and committees to help strengthen admissions, academics, philanthropy, and diversity and community at the College. In recognition of her contributions, she received the President’s Award for Outstanding Professional Service in 2005.
Throughout her career, Debbie’s dedication to her alma mater has been rock-solid. She will be deeply missed.