Pam Witter Named Vice President for Development & Community Engagement

Trocaire College has hired Pamela Witter as the new vice president for development and community engagement.  Witter will have overall responsibility for developing and implementing college-wide strategic plans and philanthropic programs for the annual fund, major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation giving as well as government, alumni and community relations. 

We are delighted that we have been able to attract a person of Pam’s skill set, professional caliber and commitment to higher education to take our Development and Community Engagement efforts in a new direction,” said Trocaire College President Bassam M. Deeb.  “She will be an energetic and enthusiastic leader for our institutional advancement team, sharing the message of the value of a Trocaire education with our partners, donors and community constituents.  Trocaire is fortunate to have Pam join our leadership team.”

Witter comes to Trocaire College from Houghton College in Houghton, NY where she has been the executive director of development since September 2008.  During her tenure, she managed the development and advancement services of the college successfully cultivating donors for annual and major gifts.  Witter designed and implemented a comprehensive stewardship plan for Houghton College, significantly increasing both first-time donor retention and lapsed donor retention in the first year.  She was an instrumental member of the Houghton fundraising team that achieved an all-time high in annual giving and provided leadership during two major capital campaign projects.  At Trocaire College, cultivating donors and securing financial resources will be a top priority.

“I am honored and humbled to join the leadership team at Trocaire College,” said Witter.  “This is a school rooted in the compelling history of the Sisters of Mercy – striving to empower students through education.  Not only is Trocaire an affordable option, it prepares graduates to serve their communities in honorable professions where jobs are ready and waiting.  Our culture is calling out for this type of model in higher education and I look forward to bringing partners and resources together to positively impact our students and the greater Buffalo area.”

Witter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from St. Bonaventure University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration from SUNY Empire State College.  Most recently, she served as co-founder and chairwoman of Leadership Allegany, member of the Board of Directors of Cuba Memorial Hospital, and Sunday School teacher for the Cuba First Baptist Church.

Witter received the 2012 Leadership Cattaraugus Alumna of the Year award and in 2011 was named to Business First’s 40 Under Forty.  She is an accomplished writer and author of Hope Rising, the story of a 15-year-old high school freshman struggling with depression.  She maintains a blog called Theandric Musings and is set to publish her second book Chuck and Spark Explore the Park this year.  Witter frequently gives keynote speeches and teaches workshops in fundraising, leadership development, and faith topics.

A native of Olean, NY, Witter is married and has one daughter.