HARTFORD, Connecticut, February 16, 2017 – Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney has announced the appointment of Michael T. Casey as the College’s next vice president for college advancement. Reporting to the president, Casey will join Trinity in June 2017. He will take over leadership of the Advancement Division – including development, alumni relations, and advancement information services – from Jack Fracasso, who will retire in June.
Casey comes to Trinity from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he currently serves as the Collyer Vice President for Advancement. In an announcement to the Trinity campus community about Casey’s appointment, Berger-Sweeney wrote, “Michael has spent nearly three decades in advancement, the majority of that at three liberal arts colleges: Franklin & Marshall, Wesleyan University, and Skidmore. He has played leadership roles in three major institutional planning efforts and planned four successful capital/comprehensive fundraising campaigns, all of which set new highs for their respective institutions.”
Berger-Sweeney noted that members of the search committee reported that Casey conveyed eloquently how his own liberal arts experience as a first-generation college student transformed his life and continues to motivate his work raising resources so that others may have a transformative liberal arts experience.
Casey said, “I am tremendously excited to be joining the Trinity community at this auspicious moment in its history and to work with President Berger-Sweeney and the rest of the cabinet and staff to realize the College’s hopes and ambitions. Trinity is a remarkable institution, and I hope that I can do my part to continue its tradition of excellence and achievement.”
Casey is a 1981 graduate of Harvard University, where he earned a B.A. cum laude in Irish history and literature. At Skidmore, he has been active in community and civic efforts, including serving as a member of the boards of the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, the Saratoga Regional YMCA, and the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau.