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Penn State New Kensington, located in the Alle-Kiski region, 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, is one of 24 campuses of Penn State. Our success of the last 55 years is attributed to supporters who generously contribute time, money, expertise and equipment because they believe in Penn State and the accomplishments of the New Kensington campus.

Our campus philanthropists include alumni, friends, foundations, corporations and other organizations.  All gifts, from small cash donations of young alumni, to large planned gifts by more established alumni and friends, create endowments that are so greatly appreciated by our students.

Endowments are the long-term life of our campus support. Endowments are gifts that provide, in perpetuity, dependable support for areas of interest. The University invests the initial gift and allocates a portion of the average annual return to the campus for needs outlined by the donor. The remainder is added to the principal as protection against inflation. Endowments can be set up by the donor for aspects that are of specific interest to them, such as student leadership, scholarships, undergraduate research, athletics, laboratories and classrooms, and faculty support.

Merging donors’ interests with the campus’ goals, endowments are the perfect way to provide substantial support to the quality of student learning, faculty research and campus life.

If you would like more information on how to seed new initiatives and help strengthen our quality educational programs, give me call.  We have great ideas on making deferred gifts, providing tax credits and establishing a named endowment with maximum benefits to both you and Penn State New Kensington.

Kary Coleman
Director of Development

Kary Coleman named director of development

Director of Development
Kary Coleman is the new director of development at Penn State New Kensington.
7/20/2015 —

 UPPER BURRELL, Pa. -- Kary L. Coleman has been named director of development for Penn State New Kensington. As director, she is entrusted with managing the campus' fundraising efforts and working with the chancellor in developing goals and executing strategies. She assumes the duties that were previously performed by Donna Speer, who resigned in February.

Coleman joins the campus community July 27 after seven years as director of development information at Seton Hill University, where she was responsible for stewardship, special events, annual giving appeals and developing fundraising goals. Prior to Seton Hill, she was athletic development director for the Mt. Lebanon School district and senior development consultant and project manager for Fayette County Community Action Agency Inc.

“Kary brings substantial experience to the role having served in four different development positions at three different institutions,” said Kevin Snider, chancellor of the campus. “She also is familiar with Penn State as she is an adjunct professor at the Fayette campus. Kary to will be a great fit for our campus.”

For the past 15 years, Coleman served as adjunct professor in communications arts and sciences Coleman at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, in Uniontown. She teaches courses in effective communication practices, history and evolution of communication.

Coleman is active in the community, serving as past president of the Rotary Club of Greensburg, public relations and marketing committee chair of Rotary International-District 7330 and a member of the executive cabinet of the United Way of Westmoreland County. In addition, she was a board member with the Greensburg Salvation Army and volunteers with the Westmoreland County Food Bank. Coleman is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Public Relations Society of America, and College and University Public Relations Association of Pennsylvania.

The Greensburg resident received her bachelor's degree in communication and information arts from Seton Hill, where she graduated magna cum laude. She earned a master’s degree in communications studies from California University of Pennsylvania.

Coleman is excited about the opportunity to assist alumni and friends of Penn State in achieving their philanthropic goals. The focus of her fundraising efforts will be to increase the number of student scholarships.

The Development office is located on the third floor of the Conference Center, room 145. Coleman can be reached at 724-334-6057 or kxc22@psu.edu