A three-year commitment from Ithaca College Board of Trustees Chair David H. Lissy ’87 and Suzanne Lissy ’88 on behalf of the Lissy Family Foundation will empower the institution to focus admission efforts on engaging prospective IC students from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) — a region that holds great promise for recruiting the next generation of alumni.
“The goal of this investment is to strengthen the college’s reach in engaging students from a region with very strong potential for enrollment,” said Lissy. “Reimagining and reinvigorating the institution’s enrollment and marketing strategy is a priority of the Ithaca Forever strategic plan, and Suzanne and I are pleased to make this commitment to ensure the long-term vitality of Ithaca College.”
The Lissy Family Foundation previously provided a gift to support the establishment of an on-campus food pantry to assist students struggling with food insecurity.
The Lissys’ commitment of $750,000 funds a full-time position and supports specific marketing initiatives in the DMV region. Tiffanee Charles, based in Maryland, began her tenure as assistant director for regional admissions with Ithaca College on October 11. Charles, an alumna of Towson University (BS) and Hofstra University (MS Ed.), most recently served on the admissions and enrollment team at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD.
“Having dedicated admission counselors in the New York City and Boston areas has been very successful in terms of building awareness and recruiting students to study at IC,” said Nicole Eversley Bradwell, executive director of admission. “Our enrollment team is deeply grateful to Dave Lissy for his incredible contribution that will position the institution for the same success in the DC metro area.”