BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Kathryn R. Costello has been appointed vice
president for development at the University at Buffalo. Her
appointment is effective Sept. 1.
Costello has more than 30 years of experience in development,
strategic planning and management as a university senior executive
and international consultant to higher education, foundations,
boards of directors and trustees, and other nonprofit
organizations. Since 2002, she has served as partner of Alexander
Haas Martin & Partners in Atlanta, where she provides clients a
wide range of services, including strategic planning, board and
leadership development and philanthropy.
Costello has held senior leadership positions at the University
of Georgia, Rice University, University of Maryland, University of
Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Southern Methodist University
and Vanderbilt University. Her professional accomplishments have
included planning and implementing capital campaigns totaling more
than $1 billion.
"UB is fortunate, indeed, to have identified a candidate of
Kathryn Costello's stature and experience to fill the critical role
of vice president for development," said UB President John B.
Simpson. "Her extensive background in the higher education arena,
as well as in strategic planning and institutional development, are
tremendously valuable assets to UB. I look forward to the
expertise, knowledge and vision she will undoubtedly bring to
As UB's lead officer for development, Costello is charged with
fostering a climate of philanthropy among UB's senior
administrators, faculty, alumni and friends. She will lead the
university in three key areas: building a substantial major gifts
program; exploring fundraising as a key responsibility of the UB
Foundation; and creating the framework for the university's next
UB's strategic planning process, UB 2020, provides the
university with an extraordinary basis for successful fund
development, said Marsha Henderson, UB vice president for external
"UB is committed to implementing a long-term, comprehensive
advancement strategy in order to support and help fund UB's
ambitious goals," Henderson added. "UB requires an overarching plan
for philanthropy to provide vision, the strengthening and growth of
its programs and focus for coordination and collaboration among the
UB's various schools and units."
As UB raises its profile among AAU institutions, addresses its
academic priorities and achieves its resource and growth
objectives, the vice president for development will articulate
these goals in fundraising strategies, working with Simpson, deans
and other senior administrators throughout UB, Henderson noted.
A native Georgian, Costello received a bachelor's degree and a
master's degree from the University of Kentucky. She serves as a
trustee of the International Board of the Council for Advancement
and Support of Education and has served as a board member on
nonprofit organizations in several cities.