January 05, 2018
Susquehanna University has named Melissa Komora vice president for advancement following a nationwide search. Currently vice president of institutional advancement at The Sage Colleges in Troy and Albany, N.Y., she will join Susquehanna on Feb. 26.
In her new role at Susquehanna, Komora will provide strategic leadership for all aspects of the university's development and alumni engagement efforts and will serve as a member of the president's senior leadership team.
"Melissa joins Susquehanna at an exciting and transformational time," said University President Jonathan D. Green. "Her prior experience and success in a liberal arts setting are especially impressive. She is well-prepared to help Susquehanna continue to increase engagement and add to our financial resources so that we're able to continue the meaningful work we do to prepare students for lives of achievement, leadership and service."
During her nine-year tenure at The Sage Colleges, Komora led the $50 million Centennial Campaign, the largest capital campaign in the institution's history, which raised $62.4 million and exceeded the college's goal by 20 percent.
She oversaw the implementation of a new online giving and digital engagement platform that improved strategies for alumni engagement and giving through analytics and digital communications, resulting in double-digit increases in giving challenges and the building of an online alumni community that continues to grow.
Komora worked with college leadership on efforts to increase the number of donors actively involved with the institution. Their efforts led to a 38 percent increase in the annual fund and a $3 million endowment-matching challenge campaign that exceeded its goal in less than five months.
"I am thrilled to be joining the Susquehanna team," Komora said. "Supported by the inspiring conversations I had with President Green, trustees, alumni, members of the executive team, faculty and staff, and a highly engaged and very talented advancement team, it was easy to become enthusiastic about President Green's vision and embrace the opportunity to help lead fundraising and engagement efforts to support Susquehanna's compelling mission.
"Additionally, on a personal note, with a large group of extended family members in nearby Franklin County, my husband, Ron, and I feel a real sense of 'coming home' in moving to the Selinsgrove community."
Before joining Sage in 2008 as director of planned giving and later associate vice president of development, Komora was executive director of Benedictine Health Foundation in Kingston, N.Y. Prior to that she was in sales and marketing for a Fortune 500 company for 10 years. She is a certified fundraising executive and a chartered advisor in philanthropy.
Komora earned her bachelor's degree from Fontbonne University in St. Louis and her MBA from The Sage Colleges School of Management.
Susquehanna was assisted by executive search consultant Susan VanGilder of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates.