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Westfield State University has selected two new professionals to join the Institutional Advancement Department. Patrick Carpenter of West Springfield, Mass. will serve as a major gifts officer and Julie Phillips of Westfield, Mass. will serve as an annual giving coordinator.

“Developing our Institutional Advancement team underscores the Westfield State University’s priority of elevating its presence and strengthening its connection to alumni, friends, and other supporters,” said Westfield State University President Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D.  “These new team members will help to reenergize our philanthropic culture and Westfield’s State relationships with like-minded individuals and organizations committed to our students’ success.”

Patrick Carpenter

As the major gifts officer, Carpenter will work to build and enhance relationships with all constituents for the purpose of increasing financial support to Westfield State including identifying, cultivating, and soliciting new prospects and stewarding current donors.

Carpenter previously worked at Boston College Law School in the University Advancement Department where he was responsible for managing a prospect portfolio of more than 300 alumni and donors. Prior to that position, he worked as the director of Annual Giving at Elms College’s Department of Institutional Advancement to increase unrestricted annual fund support and establish record giving levels. He formerly served as president of the Elms College Alumni Association and currently works as an adjunct professor there.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Elms College and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Bay Path University. Carpenter is working on a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University.

“Mr. Carpenter will help the university identify potential friends and donors and increase the university’s support of student scholarships,” said Westfield State University Vice President of Institutional Advancement Dr. Erica Broman.

Julie Phillips

As the annual giving coordinator, Phillips will be responsible for philanthropic resources across all programs of Westfield State University and providing leadership in designing, implementing, and evaluating the programs.

Phillips previously worked as a development specialist in the Fund Development Department at Sisters of Providence Health System in Springfield where she implemented sustaining gifts programs including direct mail, membership and commemorative gifts, and the grateful patient program. Phillips also wrote proposals and grant applications resulting in $1.37 million awarded for the capital campaign.

 Phillips’ new role represents a return to Westfield State University where she previously worked in the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs and for the Westfield State Foundation. She also held positions at Westfield Technical Academy (formerly Westfield Vocational Technical High School) and at UMass Amherst.

“Westfield State is pleased to welcome Ms. Phillips back to the university,” said Dr. Broman. “Given her background and with her guidance, we look forward to a renewed annual giving program.”

Phillips received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Western New England University.

Carpenter started at Westfield State on December 5 and Phillips began in November.

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