November 10, 2010

Evelyn Buchanan Named Vice President for External Affairs at SUNY Empire State College

Evelyn Buchanan

Evelyn Buchanan

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Sept. 21, 2010) – Evelyn Buchanan has been named vice president of the Office of External Affairs at SUNY Empire State College.

“I am pleased to confirm Evelyn Buchanan’s appointment,” said President Alan Davis. “The college is fortunate to have someone of her experience and caliber leading these increasingly important functions in External Affairs as we work to accomplish our mission for our learners, our alumni and our communities.”

“As an alumna, I am excited about Vision 2015, our ambitious strategic plan, and privileged to be on the team working to realize that vision,” Buchanan said. “External relations and the foundation play critical roles in achieving and supporting the college's strategic goals.”

She has been at the college since July 2008, previously serving as interim vice president for external affairs, assistant vice president for development and executive director of the Empire State College Foundation, a role she continues. Buchanan has served as a higher education professional for 17 years.

Prior to joining Empire State College, she worked for Franklin Pierce University, Colgate University and the Culinary Institute of America. She is a 1999 graduate of Empire State College and holds an M.S. in Management with a focus on nonprofit leadership from New England College.

Since Buchanan joined the External Affairs team, the college successfully completed a capital campaign in December 2008, raising $73 million, surpassing its goal. The alumni website and online community received awards from professional organizations. There has been an increase in donors’ contributions toward student scholarships, including eight new named scholarship funds.

Buchanan lives with her husband and son in Saratoga Springs.

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor's and master's degrees from the State University of New York.

Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience. The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 34 locations in New York state and online.

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