University Advancement Division

Development and Foundation Relations

Betty Gossett

Betty Gossett
Interim Vice President for University Advancement

Interim Executive Director of the Fredonia College Foundation



Alumni Relations
Alumni Relations
Marketing and Communications
Marketing and Communications
Patty Feraldi

Patricia Feraldi
Director of Alumni Relations

Alumni website

Jeff Woodard

Jeff Woodard
Director of Marketing and Communications

News website

Mission of the division

The Division of University Advancement is charged with creating and strengthening Fredonia’s relationships with important partners.

The Development and Alumni Affairs areas coordinate outreach activities and initiatives with friends and donors, as well as Fredonia’s more than 40,000 alumni. Through governmental relations efforts, the division works strategically with elected officials at the county, state and federal levels of government to maximize funding opportunities for the university.

The Marketing and Communications department manages the flow of information between the university and a variety of internal and external audiences. It includes, but is not limited to, media relations, community relations, student/employee relations activities, and supports the efforts of alumni and governmental relations as well as development. It also includes the Office of Creative Design, which supports a variety of publications and other print and social media communications efforts.

Mission of the Development Office
and the Fredonia College Foundation

Fredonia College Foundation
Officers of the Board of Directors

  • Chair, Michael Marletta, Ph.D., '73: CH and Annie Li Chair, Molecular Biology of Chemistry and Dept. of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley
  • Vice-Chair, Joseph Falcone, '71: Cleveland Heights, OH
  • Secretary, Rachel Martinez-Finn, '82: Cleveland Heights, OH
  • Treasurer, Thomas H. Waring, Jr., '80: President, Waring Financial Group, Hamburg, N.Y.
  • Immediate Past Chair, Dennis Costello,'72: Senior Partner; Braemar Energy Ventures (Ret.), Evergreen C.O.

Entire Foundation Board>>

The Development office is responsible for Fredonia’s fundraising. It works with alumni, friends, foundations, corporations and organizations, inviting active support of Fredonia’s goals. The mission of the Fredonia College Foundation is to promote, advance and support the activities and programs of Fredonia. In doing so, the foundation administers resources and supervises the investment of philanthropic funds and other revenues for the university.

The Fredonia College Foundation was incorporated in 1964. The foundation was established to accept financial contributions, hold and invest endowment accounts, and award grants to strengthen the educational programs of Fredonia. It is a not-for-profit corporation separate from the university that exists solely for the benefit of the school. A volunteer board of directors oversees its activities, and all contributions to the foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Gifts to the Fredonia College Foundation from alumni, employees, parents, foundations, corporations and businesses, and friends support Fredonia’s most critical programs: scholarships, research, international study, internships, externships, academic departments, athletics and more. These are the programs that define the educational experience at Fredonia that transform students’ lives.

The Fredonia College Foundation continues to provide the margin of excellence that makes Fredonia one of the top public universities in the North. Each year, the foundation provides funding for student scholarships and special academic enrichment.

Alumni Affairs

The Office of Alumni Affairs serves approximately 40,000 graduates. The Alumni Association supports the university by sponsoring events such as Homecoming and reunion gatherings (both on- and off-campus), providing scholarships, and offering support to alumni through networking and mentoring opportunities.

The Alumni Association Board of Directors has a significant impact on the success of the Office of Alumni Affairs’ programs, goals and objectives. All of their work promotes and builds upon Fredonia’s proud traditions and sense of community and connection.

Marketing and Communications

The Marketing and Communications office provides important information to Fredonia’s internal and external audiences through all available media and other communication channels. In addition, the office is responsible for planning long-term strategies for university-wide marketing communications, publicity and advertising, supporting campus and community event management and other promotional efforts; administering, editing and designing university websites; directing photography and videography services; and writing, editing and publishing the Statement alumni magazine and the weekly Campus Report online news update during the academic year.

Please contact a member of our team.

Fredonia College Foundation

272 Central Avenue
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3321
(716) 673-3325 Fax