News From Terre Haute, Indiana


May 11, 2009

The Woods appoints new vice president for development

St. Mary-of-the-Woods College President David G. Behrs has announced the appointment of Serafina I. Spatola as vice president for development. Spatola brings 20 years of progressive leadership experience and accomplishments from her work in both the private and nonprofit business sectors. She currently resides in Cincinnati and will begin her service at SMWC on June 8.

“I am honored and delighted to be part of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College as the newly appointed vice president for Development,” Spatola said. “I was told prior to interviewing with St. Mary-of-the-Woods College that it was a special place – a caring community. I must admit that I have been drawn into the genuine and gracious spirit that lives on this campus. The Woods is a community that cares.”

In her new position, Spatola will provide leadership and management for the College’s development and alumnae/i relations efforts, and work with the board of trustees’ development committee in providing direction, information and support. She will also oversee a portfolio of leadership gift prospects and coordinate the involvement of the president in fundraising activities.

Some of the programs and services she will supervise include the annual Woods Fund drive, community and donor relations, special events, major and planned gifts, alumnae/i affairs, the SMARTS recruitment program and development volunteers.

“Serafina has a unique blend of experiences, leadership, vision, creativity and motivation,” Behrs said. “Her skills as a strategic thinker, entrepreneur, creative visionary and effective manager of people, programs and resources will make her strong asset to St. Mary-of-the-Woods College.”

Most recently, Spatola spent four years at Antioch University New England in Keene, N.H. From 2004 to 2007, she served as strategic management, advancement and business consultant, and from 2007 to 2008, she was vice president for institutional advancement. In that role, she provided leadership for Antioch’s comprehensive and integrated institutional advancement program with specific responsibility as a key strategist for the university. She was also responsible for the overall leadership and management of the university’s alumni development and communication strategies.

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