Ms. Karen Wright was appointed vice president for institutional advancement at St. Thomas Aquinas College, announced Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick, S.C., president of the College. Wright transitioned into this role in February 2017.
Wright (Danbury, CT) previously served as director of development at New York University (NYU) from 2011-2016, where she was the chief advancement officer responsible for providing leadership and a donor-focused strategy to secure major gift support to the University. Wright steered efforts to raise over $10 million during NYU’s capital campaign.
Prior to her position at NYU, Wright worked at Western Connecticut State University and the Urban League of Southern Connecticut, where she served as vice president of youth development, and later, director of communications and development.
"Ms. Wright’s extensive experience in the field of institutional advancement will serve the College well as we grow our outreach to alumni and friends, and our fundraising efforts. We are confident in our ability to continually increase our revenue stream from sources other than tuition and build on our already strong institutional reputation with Ms. Wright at the helm of our Advancement Team,” said Dr. Fitzpatrick.
As vice president for institutional advancement, Wright directs all of the College’s institutional advancement initiatives, which include foundation, community and governmental affairs, annual giving and alumni affairs, commemorative and memorial scholarships, major gifts, capital campaign and planned gifts. The Annual Tribute Dinner, the Annual Benefit Golf Tournament, the Annual Alumni Hall of Fame Dinner, as well as coordination of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the President’s Council, are among the major responsibilities of the office.
Wright also had a successful career as an entrepreneur, having founded a custom gift business specializing in protocol, luxury gift baskets and gourmet foods. Her business grew from a start-up to a flourishing signature gift venture with an impressive list of celebrity and corporate clients. Her gifting expertise lead to interviews and features in Westchester Magazine, Home Monthly, Time Magazine, and on the The Morning Show.
Wright’s extensive volunteer leadership positions have allowed her to help organizations increase their revenues by leveraging her understanding of best practices in client cultivation and fundraising for over twenty years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Connecticut and has held leadership roles and served on the Development Metrics Committee, Dean’s and Development Directors CSWE Committee, NYU Martin Luther King Planning Committee and WSCU Extended President’s Advisory Council, to name a few.
Wright is a graduate of Fisk University (TN) with a degree in psychology and an MSW candidate at NYU. She has completed extensive training in leadership, fundraising, management, executive sales, and Entrepreneurship.
Wright can be contacted at 845-398-4017 or firstname.lastname@example.org.