Seeking to grow, evaluate and optimize current relationships with corporate partners, as well as identify new connections, the Martin J. Whitman School of Management recently appointed Sara Garvey to a newly created position in corporate relations. With a heavy emphasis on strategic relationship management, Garvey will interface with the School’s corporate partners to engage them with various programs at Whitman.
“We want to continue to offer opportunities our students need and want,” says Garvey. “But, at the same time, students may not yet know what they need and want. I would like to help provide them with a wide array of opportunities, some that they may never have considered.”
To that end Garvey plans to work with current partners to fully understand their needs, as well as look at areas for growth, including new locations for students to explore.
“We have successfully executed career exploration trips, as well as countless internships and connections with employers in New York City,” she says. “I’m also thinking about the amazing opportunities in new locations where we have alumni that we can build new relationships.”
“The sky’s the limit at this point,” she says. “Maybe we could arrange a spring break trip, as other Syracuse University colleges have done — try a new and exciting location that is growing and flourishing.”
Garvey is no stranger to business development and relationship building. A graduate of St. John Fisher in Rochester, New York, she is trained in business management and marketing. Prior to joining the higher education industry, she worked for Time Warner Cable for 11 years, working in various corporate communications roles. She comes to Whitman from Syracuse University’s Office of Admissions where she worked for three years in communications and student relationships management. Her expertise on the corporate side is part of what drew her to this new Whitman role, which allows her to marry her business acumen with her higher education and communications experience.
“I’m already reviewing and evaluating our current relationships to see if they can be enhanced for both sides,” she says. “Open communication is and will continue to be key for successful corporate partnerships.”
Corporate partners, as well as alumni, faculty, students and members of Whitman’s extended community are invited to share feedback and innovative ideas with Garvey via email.
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