MHC's Haight to Move to Harvard Kennedy School

Monday, April 30, 2012 - 11:31

Charles Haight, MHC's vice president for development since 1996, will become the new senior associate dean for Alumni Relations and Resource Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Haight, who will assume the Kennedy School position in July, has overseen two major campaigns during his 16 years with Mount Holyoke; he directed both the $257 million comprehensive campaign completed in December of 2003 and the current campaign to raise $300 million. He has also led a development team that has raised $500 million in gifts and pledges from alumnae, parents, and friends; received the largest single gift in the history of the College—$10 million from an anonymous donor to construct Kendade Hall; raised funding to renovate music, art, and science buildings and to construct the new Joanne V. Creighton Residence Hall; and set a record fundraising year with $42 million in cash gifts in fiscal 2008.

"Charlie has been all that one could hope for in a colleague and friend," said Mount Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella. "I am tremendously grateful for his leadership, and I have enjoyed every minute of working with him, both on campus and around the world as he has moved us closer to achieving the goals of our current capital campaign."

Pasquerella added, "Charlie is nationally recognized for his insights into best practices in development, and Harvard is very fortunate to have him joining them. We will all miss Charlie, but wish him the best of luck as he takes on new and exciting challenges."

"It has been a privilege and honor to be a member of the Mount Holyoke community for the past 16 years," said Haight. "I want to express my gratitude to the extraordinary staff of the development office, to Lynn Pasquerella and Joanne Creighton--the two dynamic presidents with whom I have worked--and to the staff, faculty, and trustees of this amazing institution for their support. On a daily basis, Mount Holyoke's alumnae, students, and campus community fulfill the important mission of educating women for leadership in the world. I am grateful to be part of the Mount Holyoke legacy."

Before coming to Mount Holyoke, Haight was vice president for development and external advancement at Hobart and William Smith Colleges from 1993 to 1996. Prior to that, he held various posts in the Yale University Development Office, including assistant and then associate director of the Campaign for Yale, director of development and alumni affairs at the Yale School of Organization and Management, and director of major gifts for Yale University. In 1987, he became associate vice president of development at Yale.

A graduate of Springfield College, Haight resides in Amherst with his wife, Susan.