Alfred University appoints new vice president for University Relations
Alfred University President Mark Zupan today announced the appointment of Jason A. Amore, a 1997 alumnus of the University, as vice president for University Relations, effective March 1.
“We are delighted that Jason Amore agreed to join our executive team,” said Zupan. “He brings a very strong background and a remarkable record of success in advancement back to his alma mater.
“Our strategic plan for the University is an ambitious one, something that will require resources to achieve. We have great confidence that Jason is well-positioned to reach those goals, especially in light of being an alumnus, former member of our development team, and successful advancement professional.”
Greg Connors ’92, vice chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, co-chaired the search with President Zupan. Connors noted, “We are excited to welcome back one of our alumni to support President Zupan and our campus community in their efforts to realize their strategic goals and objectives. Jason's reputation and experience working with deans and faculty members along with student services, while engaging alumni are essential to the Board of Trustees’ vision of where we want Alfred University to be as we look toward 2030."
“I’m honored and excited to be returning to my alma mater,” said Amore. “I share President Zupan’s passion for Alfred University and his vision to inspire our students to make an impact and improve the world. Together, with the board of trustees and leaders across campus, we will work tirelessly to elevate Alfred University’s reputation across the country.”
A native of Friendship and a stand-out basketball player for both his high school and the Alfred University Saxons, Amore returns to his “home court” to lead the Division of University Relations.
He comes back to Alfred University from the University of Rochester, where he has been associate vice president of advancement for Arts, Sciences, Engineering and Regional Programming. In less than a year’s time at the University of Rochester, Amore and his team have increased giving by 80 percent over the preceding year.
Prior to joining the University of Rochester, Amore was with the University of Louisville for nearly six years, first as a director of major gifts for the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, then as executive director of development for the Belknap Campus, and for the last 18 months, associate vice president of development. While at Louisville, he was recognized in 2012 as the Rothwell Advancement Professional of the Year.
He began his career in development as an associate for corporate sponsorship and ticket sales with the Division of Athletics at the University at Buffalo. He joined the Alfred University development team as a director of major gifts for two years and then spent another two years at the State University of New York at Geneseo as director of annual giving, before moving to the Rochester Institute of Technology where he was director of development for the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. He earned the Rising Star Award at RIT in 2010.
Amore was a member of the Alfred University men’s basketball team from 1993-97 and team captain 1995-97. He was named most valuable player in 1996, and inducted into the Alfred University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014. He is also a member of the Allegany County Athletics Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments as a member of the Friendship Central School basketball team.
Amore earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Alfred University in 1997, and a master’s in community services administration in 1999.
In announcing the Amore appointment, President Zupan thanked the members of the search committee (Amanda Baker, Gerar Edizal, Amanda Maldonado ’17, Mary McAllister, Melissa Ryan, and Paul Vecchio) as well as the members of the Trustee Advisory Committee (Greg Connors, Michele Cohen, Terry Galanis, Kristen Klabin ’92, Kevin Livingston ’93, Jeff Maurer ’69, Marlin Miller ’54, and Steve Stephens ’71).
President Zupan closed by expressing the profound gratitude of the entire Alfred University community to Sue Goetschius who has served as the Interim VP of University Relations for the past 4.5 years. Goetschius was recognized with a Fiat Lux! Award for her contributions to Alfred University at last week’s meeting of the University’s Board of Trustees. Effective March 1, Goetschius will become the Director of Communications and Government Relations at Alfred University, reporting to President Zupan.
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