An experienced professional with a proven record of engaging constituencies to create a positive impact on philanthropy at both public and private colleges and universities has been named vice president for institutional advancement at Ithaca College. Wendy Kobler, who currently holds the same title at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, joins the college on Sept. 1.
Kobler has previously held executive positions in advancement at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Purdue University Fort Wayne in Indiana, and Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.
At each stop, she has assessed, strengthened and organized the institutional advancement team; communicated effectively with the campus community; nurtured a strong culture of philanthropy; and successfully planned, organized and executed a major fundraising initiative.
“Throughout her career, Wendy has demonstrated truly great results by using her creativity and savvy to navigate challenging cultures and drive success within lean-resource environments,” said Ithaca College President Shirley M. Collado. “I was strongly drawn to her for this important leadership role at IC not only because of her impressive accomplishments, but also because of her ability to build high-performing teams through thoughtful hiring practices, mentoring, and coaching, and her knack for revitalizing or helping to construct a thriving culture of philanthropy.”