Suffolk University Names Kathryn Battillo VP of Development

5/20/2002

BOSTON -- Kathryn Battillo, who has had an extensive career in the field of philanthropy, has been appointed Vice President of Development at Suffolk University.

Battillo has most recently been Chief Development Officer with the Boston Ballet, where she increased the level of giving by one-hundred percent in her first year.

"Kathryn Battillo is an outstanding professional in the field of philanthropy, and we expect that she will be a highly valued and delightful member of our leadership team," said Suffolk University President David J. Sargent in announcing her appointment by the University's Board of Trustees.
Battillo comes to Suffolk during a period of growth at the University. Ground was broken in April for Suffolk's second residence hall; the University is in the midst of its first fund-raising campaign dedicated solely to its College of Arts and Sciences; and the University's Law School is enjoying the technological advantages of Sargent Hall, its new home on Tremont Street, which opened in 1999.

"I am honored to lead the development and alumni efforts at Suffolk as we
approach the University's Centennial (2006)," said Battillo. "And I'm eager to work with the president, deans, board, staff and alumni leadership in articulating the fundraising needs of the University and securing new levels of private support."

Battillo has a wide range of experience, including many leadership roles in higher education. She was Director of Development for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston; Principal Gifts Officer for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge; and worked in development and alumni relations at Babson College in Wellesley, the University of Vermont in Burlington and Simmons College in Boston. She began her professional career as a librarian at the Plymouth Public Library.

Battillo has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Bridgewater State College and an MLS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. She has taught at Lesley College School of Management and is active in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), which awarded her the Steuben Apple Award in 1994. She has published several articles in CASE Currents.

Suffolk University, located on Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, is a comprehensive, global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at an affordable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of 6,400 full-time and part-time students at its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences, Sawyer School of Management and New England School of Art and Design.

For more information please contact Mariellen Norris at 617-573-8450 or Tony Ferullo at 617-573-8448

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