Dan Parish has been named vice president for College Advancement at Colby-Sawyer College and will begin his role Aug. 21. Parish, who has almost three decades’ experience in higher education, is currently the inaugural director of the Dartmouth for Life program in Dartmouth College’s Office of Alumni Relations after working for 14 years in the Dartmouth admissions office.
At Colby-Sawyer, Parish will be charged with developing and implementing advancement strategies that will help the college to fulfill its mission and aspirations, and he will provide leadership for the communications, development, alumni, and community partnership programs. He joins the college during the Power of Infinity campaign, its third and largest comprehensive campaign. With a goal of $60 million, commitments to date total $31 million.
“I am delighted to welcome Dan to Colby-Sawyer. His experience has prepared him well to lead Colby-Sawyer’s advancement efforts, to continue the momentum of the Power of Infinity Campaign, and to serve as a member of the senior leadership team,” said President Susan D. Stuebner. “He has a proven record of cultivating relationships, strategic and analytical thinking, developing and maximizing the talents of those he supervises, and outstanding professionalism.”
Parish, whose mother is a member of Colby-Sawyer’s Class of 1959, said he has long admired the college’s commitment to combining professional preparation, a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, and a powerful sense of community.
“Colby-Sawyer has a powerful story to tell, and I am excited to collaborate with others to share that story with alumni, key donors, prospective students, and others who can help the college realize its strategic priorities,” said Parish.
Parish has held posts at Connecticut College and Phillips Exeter Academy. He is a trustee of the Converse Free Library and past member of the Lyme School Board.
He holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University and an A.B. from Dartmouth College. He lives in the Upper Valley with his wife, Ellen, and their two children.