Experienced Fundraiser Elected to Ithaca College Board of Trustees

By David Maley, December 1, 2021

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At its recent meetings, the Ithaca College Board of Trustees elected Kirk Harbinger — a 1989 IC graduate and former president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors — to a four-year term as alumni trustee.

Since 2020, Harbinger has served as director of development for the University at Albany, where he manages a portfolio of donors/prospects through engagement, cultivation, and stewardship.  He also collaborates closely with deans, faculty, and staff to identify and articulate priorities and strategies for achieving fundraising goals.

For the previous seven years, Harbinger worked at Ithaca College, as a major gifts officer in the Division of Philanthropy and Engagement and as development coordinator for the Roy H. Park School of Communications. He was an integral part of building a culture of philanthropy among students, alumni, and parents, with responsibilities that included matching philanthropic interests of donors with college priorities. Over his prior career, he has been a manager, consultant, executive, and business partner in multiple industries, spearheading change management initiatives and employee training programs.

In addition to earning his B.A. degree in politics from the School of Humanities and Sciences, Harbinger has completed coursework toward his Master of Public Administration degree at UAlbany. While a student at IC, he served as vice president of the senior class, resident assistant, and student justice. He has been an active and engaged alumnus over the past three decades, serving as president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and volunteering with the IC Career Network, among other activities.

Harbinger has volunteered with a number of professional and community organizations, serving as vice president of the local Association for Training and Development chapter and board member of the Capital Region Workforce Investment Board. A longtime foster parent, he was named “volunteer of the year” by CAPTAIN Community Human Services. He is also an accomplished NCAA basketball and soccer referee, having been selected to officiate the NCAA tournament multiple times. His wife, Elaine, also attended IC, and they have a daughter and a foster son who graduated from the college.