Recent Appointments


Joseph Strodel, Jr.Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Appoints Joseph Strodel, Jr. as Director of Individual, Major, and Principal Giving

As Director of Individual, Major and Principal Giving, Strodel will have responsibility for leading principal and major gift staff to maximize philanthropy from donors capable of $100,000 gifts and above to support Rensselaer’s highest priorities.

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Drew Babitts, Senior Advancement Officer for Major Gifts

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Appoints Drew Babitts as Senior Advancement Officer for Major Gifts

As a Senior Advancement Officer, Major Gifts, Mr. Babitts is responsible for cultivating and soliciting prospects capable of making gifts to Rensselaer of $100,000 to $2,500,000. Babitts will work in an assigned region where he will support campus leaders to develop and implement strategies to close gift commitments.

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Darlene Alvarado, Director of Campaign Operations, Rensselaer

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has appointed Darlene Alvarado, APR as the new Director of Campaign Operations

In her role, Alvarado will have overall responsibility for the management of the Campaign for Global Change, the Institute’s comprehensive campaign to raise $1 billion for creating access and enhancing the student experience, attracting top talent and empowering world-changing research, and modernizing and equipping the campus for its third century.

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