Paige Bartels

Senior Vice President for Strategy, Philanthropy, and Partnerships

Paige BartelsPaige 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. She oversaw the restructuring of the advancement operation, doubled the size of the team, created and expanded alumni engagement programs and structures, and significantly increased major and annual giving and alumni participation. Bartels oversaw the launch and completion of Bennington’s last comprehensive campaign, which concluded in 2008 and raised $92 million in commitments toward a $75 million goal.

In May of 2016, Bartels assumed the new position of senior vice president for strategic partnerships. In this role, she leads the College’s efforts to establish and strengthen relationships with cultural institutions and thought-leaders, especially those who share our mission to cultivate a mindset for change and the conditions for progress. As SVP, Bartels will continue to act as an adviser to the president on philanthropic strategy at the highest level, work with key donors, and help craft campaign priorities and strategies. 

Bartels has worked for more than 25 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 development and public relations effort at Homes for the Homeless, an innovative public-private partnership serving homeless families in New York City. Immediately prior to joining Bennington, she served for nearly eight years as the associate director of the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin, where she directed a $100 million campaign to build a new museum facility as well as oversaw the public relations, 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.