AMHERST, N.Y. – Daemen College has announced the appointment of Craig Harris, an accomplished fundraising professional with more than 18 years of experience in education, as vice president for institutional advancement. His appointment is effective July 5.
In this role, Harris will oversee the areas of fundraising, alumni relations, publications, and conferences and events.
“Mr. Harris will be a valuable addition to our strong executive leadership team, and I look forward to working with him to further Daemen’s prominence as a college of national distinction,” said President Gary A. Olson. “He brings to this position impressive experience, vision and energy that will be vital in taking our advancement efforts to new levels of excellence.”
Harris comes to Daemen from Canisius High School, where he served as vice president for institutional advancement. Prior to this, he held advancement positions at Hilbert College, including associate vice president for development and director of alumni relations and annual giving. He is also an experienced student affairs professional, having worked in various capacities in this area at C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, St. Lawrence University, and SUNY Fredonia.
“I am excited and honored to join Daemen College’s senior leadership team,” said Harris. “The institution is clearly on the move to do great things, and I’m thrilled to be a part of that and contribute to the growth of its advancement initiatives.”
Active in the community, Harris is currently a trustee on the Kenmore Mercy Foundation and president-elect of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Western New York Chapter.
He holds a master’s degree in student personnel administration from SUNY Buffalo State and a bachelor’s degree in communication from SUNY Fredonia. He also participated in the Council of Independent Colleges Senior Leadership Academy.
A Long Island native, Harris resides in Lake View.