Christopher Crooker has been appointed assistant dean for advancement at the Whitman School. With more than 21 years of experience in alumni affairs and development, Crooker has a track record of engagement and advancement success. Prior to joining the Whitman…
Whitman School Establishes/Appoints Executive Director of Administration and Strategic Initiatives
Gene Anderson, dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, announced the creation of a new leadership position, executive director of administration and strategic initiatives, appointing Kevin Coates, formerly director of budget, finance and business analytics, to the role effective July 1.
The new position is intended to advance the implementation of the Whitman School’s strategic plan and its ability to successfully pursue its ambitious goals.
In this role, Coates is responsible for building required staff capacity, coordinating and integrating activities and operations, and long-range planning and forecasting. He will directly oversee several key organizational units and activities, including Career Services, Alumni Relations, Corporate Relations, Financial Operations, Analytics/Assessment and other strategic supporting activities as needed.
“Kevin will be responsible for the development, analysis and improvement of innovative systems and services that support our broader educational, research and outreach missions,” says Dean Anderson. “It is also an important recognition of the increasingly broad role that Kevin has taken on with regards to the administration and implementation of a wide range of initiatives and activities within the school.”
Coates came to the Whitman School in 2016. He previously served in an administrative role at Cornell University, where he was responsible for analytics, financial metrics and reporting. He was instrumental in building a business intelligence team for Cornell’s alumni affairs and development office. He has also served in various financial roles, from reporting and analyzing data to creating budget and gap/forecasting models. Coates earned a bachelor of business administration degree from the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute in Utica, New York.
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