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Dawn Ansbro Named Executive Director of the SUNY Orange Foundation

The SUNY Orange Foundation is pleased to announce that Dawn Ansbro of Goshen, N.Y., has been named the Foundation’s new Executive Director. Ansbro, who began in her new role on Monday, Aug. 6, brings more than three decades of experience to the position; including extensive work in development, strategic planning, marketing, public relations, community outreach, and fundraising. She succeeds Dr. Russell Hammond, who is retiring on Nov. 30.

Ansbro is a creative and self-motivated executive with a successful track record of building non-profit organizations, establishing and growing innovative programs, and collaborating with the community. Before joining the SUNY Orange Foundation, she was Executive Director of the Orange County Arts Council in Sugar Loaf, N.Y., where she had served since 2011. Ansbro also held development positions with Bon Secours Charity Health System (Suffern, N.Y.) and the Lycian Centre (Sugar Loaf). Ansbro also worked for Call Center Services in Cresskill, N.J., for 12 years, where she rose to the position Director of Client Relationships before leaving in 2002.

“Dawn’s extensive experience as a collaborative and effective leader over a broad range of organizations will make her an invaluable asset to the Foundation,” said Chairman Derrik R. Wynkoop. “I think all stakeholders will benefit from Dawn's background and leadership style. The success she had with the Arts Council over the past seven years was remarkable; she is leaving that organization a tremendous legacy.”

Ansbro holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies Degree in Fashion Merchandising from Marist College and a master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. In 2013, she received the YWCA and Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson Woman of Achievement Award. In addition to remaining active with the Arts Council; Ansbro is affiliated with Leadership Orange, The Orange County Citizens Foundation, and is an Advisory Board Member of the Orange-Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Education Center in Goshen.

Hammond will stay on during the transition in a consultative capacity until Dec. 1.

The Foundation’s office is located on the fourth floor of Morrison Hall, 115 South St., Middletown, N.Y. 10940. To contribute and learn more about the Foundation, visit, or call 845-341-4725.

About the SUNY Orange Foundation
The SUNY Orange Foundation, founded in 1987, has a primary mission to generate funds and build resources to enhance learning and engagement opportunities for students, alumni, and the community.  In addition to serving as the fundraising arm of Orange County Community College, in 2017, the organization formally assumed responsibility for alumni relations. Its 28-member, all-volunteer, Board of Directors represents a cross-section of business and community leaders from Orange County.  They serve as advocates, stewards and fiduciaries of the Foundation; including the planning, implementation and oversight of the Foundation’s Strategic Plan.

A consistent fundraising leader among community college foundations in New York State, and nationally, the Foundation focuses on helping SUNY Orange remain affordable and accessible to all students through its extensive scholarship program. For the upcoming academic year, the Foundation plans to award approximately $400,000 in scholarships for entering, returning, and graduating students. In addition to scholarships, the Foundation collaborates with the College to provide grants to foster academic excellence and innovation through the support of programs and capital projects.  Over the past decade, the Foundation played a crucial role in funding the construction of Kaplan Hall on the Newburgh campus, as well as the Rowley Center for Science and Technology, the Gilman Center, and the Evelyn Morrison Lab School on the Middletown campus.

Dr. Russell Hammond
SUNY Orange Foundation