New Vice President For Development: Bret Silver to Lead Fundraising Efforts at Barnard College

By Lindsay Garten

Photo from Barnard Media Services

On May 2, 2011, President Debora L. Spar announced the appointment of Bret Silver as Vice President for Development, beginning June 15, 2011. Silver will be responsible for directing all of Barnard’s fundraising efforts, which includes leading the College’s upcoming capital campaign, and reaching out to Barnard alumnae and friends. Silver will come to Barnard from Jazz at Lincoln Center where he is currently Chief of External Relations Office, responsible for fundraising, communications and marketing efforts. Before he joined Jazz, Silver was part of the lead development team at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Silver began his career at Carnegie Hall, where he held many marketing and development positions. In a released statement President Spar said, “I have no doubt that the College will benefit greatly from Bret’s many experiences as a key member of three distinguished New York institutions.”

The Nine Ways of Knowing had the opportunity to communicate with Bret Silver via email:

Why did you decide to take the position at Barnard?
I’m impressed by Barnard’s stellar reputation and its unwavering commitment to its mission of educating high-achieving women.

What do you feel you bring to the Barnard community? 
I bring my enthusiasm about the College and decades of experience working with the philanthropic community in New York and worldwide.

What are some of your fundraising ideas? 
Since I’m new to the Barnard community, I’ll have a fresh perspective on the work that needs to be done. Specifically, I hope to strengthen the College’s financial capacity via the upcoming capital campaign and other projects.

What are you most excited about? 
Having spent my entire career in arts and culture, I’m most excited about entering the academic environment and joining the vibrant community of students, scholars, staff and alumnae.

Lindsay is a sophomore at Barnard and Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Nine Ways of Knowing.

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