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.

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