Springfield College announced that Beth Zapatka has been hired as the new Vice President for Institutional Advancement, following a national and competitive search. Zapatka comes to Springfield College from Yale University, where she served as the Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs for the Yale School of Nursing. Zapatka will join the President’s Leadership Team on July 1, 2021.
“Beth will oversee all of our institutional advancement efforts, including the departments of advancement services, alumni relations, and development,” said Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper. “Beth will work closely with the President’s Leadership Team, and our entire campus community, to translate the passion for and loyalty to Springfield College into successful fundraising efforts and long-term alumni engagement.”
In a nine-year career at Yale, Zapatka held numerous roles that created a well-rounded set of experiences in institutional advancement that are directly transferable to Springfield College. In her most recent role in the School of Nursing, her accomplishments include securing significant new resources – nearly tripling contributions to the School – overseeing a re-branding campaign, building university-wide collaborations, broadening the use of social media platforms, and re-invigorating the alumni and advisory boards.
“This is an important hire for the College as we prepare to publicly launch our campaign later this year,” added Cooper. “With a career spent in philanthropy, Beth’s leadership and experience are an excellent match for Springfield College. Beth also has demonstrated a keen ability to grow and develop a strong team of institutional advancement staff and has a record of success in cultivating relationships that will advance the College’s mission and resource base.”
Springfield College is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational institution founded in 1885. Approximately 4,100 students, including 2,500 full-time undergraduate students, study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its regional campuses across the country. Springfield College inspires students through the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy – educating in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.