HCC hires new VP

DATE: Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Amanda E. Sbriscia is HCC's new vice president of Institutional Advancement

Amanda E. Sbriscia

Holyoke Community College is pleased to announce that Granby resident Amanda E. Sbriscia has been hired as its new vice president of Institutional Advancement.

Sbriscia will lead HCC's fundraising efforts as head of the HCC Foundation and oversee Alumni Affairs, Resource Development, and Marketing and Communications. She begins Oct. 30.

"I am thrilled to be joining HCC at a very exciting time in its history," Sbriscia said. "I look forward to connecting with our alumni, friends, faculty and staff, and to engaging the community in our efforts to support students and build on the college's excellent reputation."

Sbriscia, 33, comes to HCC with more than 10 years' experience in education and fundraising. Most recently, she served as senior director of Advancement at Bay Path University following her role there as director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations. 

Before Bay Path, Sbriscia worked in fund development for the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts and as director of Annual Giving for Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass. Her experience in higher education also includes work in major gifts, volunteer management, corporate sponsorship, and strategic planning. 

"We were fortunate to have four extremely qualified finalists to consider for this position, and we put each of them through a full day of rigorous interviews," said HCC president Christina Royal. "In the end, though, Amanda's experience, presence, and passion really made her stand out. She has an energy that I believe will integrate fluently with our current campus leadership and help propel us forward as we begin to develop a strategic plan for the future of HCC, and I'm excited that she will soon be here."

She has served on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a member of Women in Philanthropy and the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield. She is also a classroom reader through Springfield School Volunteers.

Originally from Elysburg, Penn., Sbriscia moved to western Massachusetts after earning her bachelor's degree in communications from Cedar Crest College and a master's degree in higher education administration from Drexel University.

"I was a phonathon caller as a work-study student, got promoted to student supervisor, realized I love this work and have been in the business ever since," she said.

Sbriscia is currently pursuing her doctor of education degree in organizational leadership from Northeastern University.

In her spare time, she is an avid runner and has completed four marathons and is planning to run this fall in the Newport Marathon and New York City Marathon.

She and her husband Keith live in Granby.

PHOTO: Amanda Sbriscia, HCC's new vice president of Institutional Advancement