Thomas Kline accepts VP position at Adelphi University
Thomas Kline, whose versatile leadership has benefited many aspects of the College, is departing Carthage for an executive staff role at Adelphi University.
The New York native has accepted a position as vice president of university advancement at Adelphi University, a private school on Long Island. The move will bring Mr. Kline and his family closer to relatives.
As Carthage’s vice president for institutional advancement since 2017, Mr. Kline has overseen a long list of successful initiatives in fundraising, alumni engagement, and trustee recruitment. Initially hired as vice president for strategic initiatives in 2013, he’s also taken on interim leadership roles as vice president of continuing studies and dean of students.
His last day with the College is Oct. 31.
“I couldn’t be more grateful to the Carthage community for allowing me to put my gifts for building and growth to work in such an innovative and supportive environment,” Mr. Kline said. “I’m extremely proud of what we have accomplished together over the past eight years and will miss this community dearly.”
Under Mr. Kline’s leadership, Carthaginians’ total giving has more than doubled in the past three fiscal years. In addition, during his tenure, the Office of Institutional Advancement:
- brought in more than $8 million in gifts and pledges toward women’s scholarships, athletics, and professional development during the 150 Years of Carthage Women celebration
- welcomed more than $10 million in new estate commitments
- carried out successful micro-fundraising campaigns for The Tower Residence Hall and the College’s equity and inclusion efforts
- established the Wiggan-Kenniebrew Black Alumni Network, along with funds that support students of color
- advanced the cultivation of foundation and corporate donors, relaunching the Business and Professional Coalition
In his various roles, Mr. Kline spearheaded new academic offerings such as the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program — now Carthage’s most popular undergraduate major — and the master’s track in sports management. He also chaired a campus-wide career development task force that laid the groundwork for The Aspire Program™, led the College’s strategic planning efforts, and helped to recruit nine new members to the Carthage Board of Trustees.
“Across so many parts of the College, Tom has added great value to our operations and initiatives,” said President John Swallow. “We are thankful for his many contributions, from the relationships he fostered to the systems he helped us evolve. We wish him all the best as he returns to his home state of New York.”