University of Hartford President Gregory Woodward has announced the appointment of Kate Pendergast as vice president for institutional advancement.
Pendergast has served as interim vice president for institutional advancement since May 2016, overseeing multiple fundraising campaigns to support student scholarships, faculty development, and expanded and modernized space for students to learn, study, and perform.
"I welcome Kate to my cabinet and also extend my thanks for the leadership she has provided Institutional Advancement during the past 17 months,” University of Hartford President Gregory Woodward said. “Her proven experience as a fundraiser and team builder will serve us well as we engage our alumni, strengthen connections with our friends, and grow our financial resources in new and exciting ways. We have important work ahead and Kate is the perfect partner for me and the University to get it done.”
Part of UHart’s institutional advancement team for seven years, Pendergast joined the University as a senior development officer in 2010 and was promoted to campaign director in 2013.
“I am truly honored by this appointment and the continued opportunity to lead a dedicated and talented team of advancement professionals,” Pendergast said. “UHart is such a special place and I look forward to reinforcing that message each and every day with our expanding network of alumni and donors.”
Prior to joining the University of Hartford in 2010, Pendergast served as executive director of the American Heart Association's New Hampshire Chapter, accountable for its strategic fundraising and corporate outreach efforts. She also directed corporate and community partnerships for the Capital Region Education Council (CREC).
The unique approach that Pendergast takes in helping individuals and institutions find their philanthropic voice comes from her experiences in the corporate sector. While at Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), she combined metric- and solution-based sales principles with the fostering of client relations to successfully secure corporate sponsorships for professional sports franchises.
Pendergast shares her advancement expertise as a panelist for events hosted by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), has served as mission speaker for the American Heart Association’s Infant CPR program, and co-chaired the University of Delaware’s 15th reunion fundraising committee.
Pendergast holds a bachelors degree in English/journalism from the University of Delaware, where she was a four-year member of the women’s soccer team, and a master’s degree in sport management from the University of Connecticut.