Dear Carthaginians, I write to you today filled with a range of emotions. First, I am very proud of the Homecoming that the College hosted two weeks ago.

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A message from Thomas A. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement

By Thomas A. Kline

October 28, 2021

Thomas A. KlineThomas A. KlineDear Carthaginians,

I write to you today filled with a range of emotions. First, I am very proud of the Homecoming that the College hosted two weeks ago. Thousands of alumni and parents returned to campus to enjoy a series of events and programs, which reinforced the strong bonds of our community. I was inspired by the level of school spirit expressed by many in attendance, demonstrated not only by the sea of red attire, but also by the comments I heard throughout many conversations. I hope you enjoy reading about the weekend’s highlights and finding yourself and your friends among the photos.

I am also filled with gratitude and love for this college. Emotions are heightened as I say farewell to this community that my family and I have called home for the past eight years. I recently accepted a position at Adelphi University, a move that will take us back to New York and closer to family. While I am excited by this new opportunity, I am heartbroken to leave Carthage. As this will be my final monthly message, I feel compelled to briefly reflect on the past eight years and give thanks to so many partners who have helped in our work to advance the College. 

I have been truly blessed to work with incredibly talented colleagues on programs that will live on long after my departure, such as the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, the master’s track in sports management, The Aspire Program, recruitment and retention programs, and international initiatives. Additionally, the advancement team and I have worked tirelessly to bring in more resources to the College, efforts which have doubled fundraising over the past four years and increased our planned giving pipeline to nearly $60 million.

At the same time, we have hosted many memorable and successful events, such as Homecoming, the 150 Years of Carthage Women celebration, the 75 Years of Black Excellence celebration, the President’s Recognition Dinner, and Commencement. Together, we have made institutional advancement an area of distinction at Carthage, and I wish to express my deepest gratitude to all the partners, donors, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends who have supported these efforts. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

I am confident all of this good work will continue and grow under the steady leadership of my friend and colleague, Bridget Haggerty. Bridget and I have worked very closely over the past four years, and she will be aided by an exceptional group of professionals on the advancement team.

Carthage is a special place, as is Kenosha and the surrounding community, and I have been fortunate to spend many formative years here. Thanks again for all your love and support over this past stage of my journey. Best wishes as you take Carthage to new heights.

Together in truth, strength, and service,

Thomas A. Kline, Ed.D.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement