Senior Vice President for Strategy, Philanthropy, and Partnerships
Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Paige Bartels has been at Bennington College since 2004. She led advancement and alumni relations from January 2004 to May 2016, and in that time, the College raised more than $133 million. Bartels led Bennington’s last comprehensive campaign, which concluded in 2008 and raised $92 million in commitments toward a $75 million goal, and oversaw the planning and secured the earliest principal gifts for the current $150 million campaign, launched in 2015.
In May 2016, Bartels assumed the new position of senior vice president for strategic partnerships, and was named senior vice president for strategy, philanthropy, and partnerships and secretary of the board in June 2019. In this role, she leads the College’s reputational campaign, developing relationships with mission-aligned partners and stakeholders (cultural and educational institutions, community partners, foundations, alumni and parents) to help Bennington achieve its 10-year goals, expand the College’s network, and deepen the culture of philanthropy, engagement, and innovation within that network. Bartels also advises the president and board on philanthropic and communications strategy at the highest level and continues to work with a small group of principal gift donors.
Bartels has worked for more than 30 years in nonprofit leadership roles. She started her advancement career as part of the first team to staff the University of Oxford’s North American development office; she later led the fundraising and public relations efforts at Homes for the Homeless in New York City. Immediately prior to Bennington, she served as the deputy director of the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin, where she directed the $100 million fundraising campaign to build a new museum facility as well as managed the university museum's communications and membership programs.
Bartels holds her undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, respectively.