Fort Accepts Vice President Position at Hartwick College

Hilbert College’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement Gregg Fort has accepted the position of Vice President of College Advancement at Hartwick College in Oneonta.

During his two and half years as a member of Hilbert’s senior leadership team, Fort has had a transformational impact on the institution as he built Hilbert’s institutional advancement division and has developed and coordinated many new initiatives.

“While this is a wonderful career opportunity for Gregg, he will be missed greatly,” President Cynthia Zane said. “We are grateful for the ways that Gregg’s work at Hilbert has made a positive difference.”

New gifts and commitment totals from FY2013 to FY2014 have doubled and raised over $1M for the first time in school history. Under his leadership, Hilbert raised a record $1,013,131 in FY2014 an increase of 80% compared to $561,414 in FY2013. Fort developed a leadership/major giving program that resulting in tripling the number of major gifts from FY2012 to FY2014. He secured first $1M individual gift commitment in Hilbert College history. Fort oversaw an increase in the total net commitments to over $100,000 for the Hilbert Scholarship Golf Tournament in 2014.

Through October 2014, new gifts and commitments in FY2015 total $251,989, an 89% increase YTD compared to $133,388 last October.

Fort initiated alumni communication and solicitation strategies that increased the alumni giving rate from 6.4% in FY2012 to 13.1% in FY2014. That also resulted in a new high of 546 total alumni gifts in FY2014, compared to 279 in FY2012, an increase of 98%. In addition, the total number of gifts to Hilbert increased to a record 1,422 last year which showed an increase of 76% during his tenure.

Fort noted that a major influence in his decision was the proximity of Hartwick to his wife, Nicci Hays Fort, who is currently the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Colgate University.

Fort will remain at Hilbert until Jan. 9 in order to develop a smooth transition plan for the future, updates will be provided as the transition plan evolves.

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