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Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management Appoints Andrew Bleaken Director of Development

Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management Appoints Andrew Bleaken Director of Development

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University recently announced the appointment of Andrew Bleaken as director of development.

Bleaken, a resident of Cortland, New York, joins Whitman most recently from Cornell University, where he has been a leadership giving officer in the university’s Annual Fund. In that role, he proactively identified new donors, and generated over $700,000 in new gifts to the university in FY19. His Cornell colleagues describe him as driven, thorough, analytical and a leader within the leadership giving team.

Prior to coming to Cornell, Bleaken raised money for the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He has also worked as an account executive for the Oakland A’s and the Philadelphia 76ers.

“Despite the unforeseen disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Andrew emerged as a ‘head and shoulders’ candidate out of a comprehensive search this past winter that was a collaboration of Whitman and our colleagues in central advancement,” said Christopher Crooker, assistant dean for advancement.

Bleaken has a bachelor of science in sport management from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

About the Whitman School

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, celebrating its centennial academic year, inspires students for a world of accelerating change. Offering B.S., MBA, M.S. and Ph.D. programs, all accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Whitman School’s faculty includes internationally known scholars and researchers, as well as successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Whitman continues to be ranked among the nation’s top business schools by U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. To learn more about the Whitman School of Management, visit Whitman.syr.edu.

About Syracuse University

Founded in 1870, Syracuse University, celebrating its sesquicentennial year, is a private international research university dedicated to advancing knowledge and fostering student success through teaching excellence, rigorous scholarship and interdisciplinary research. Comprising 11 academic schools and colleges, the University has a long legacy of excellence in the liberal arts, sciences and professional disciplines that prepares students for the complex challenges and emerging opportunities of a rapidly changing world. Students enjoy the resources of a 270-acre main campus and extended campus venues in major national metropolitan hubs and across three continents. Syracuse’s student body is among the most diverse for an institution of its kind across multiple dimensions, and students typically represent all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Syracuse also has a long legacy of supporting veterans and is home to the nationally recognized Institute for Veterans and Military Families, the first university-based institute in the U.S. focused on addressing the unique needs of veterans and their families. To learn more about Syracuse University, visit syracuse.edu.