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Torrey Named Vice President for Planning and Development at Bowdoin College

Story posted May 15, 1998


May 20, 1998 Brunswick, Maine-- William A. Torrey III has been named vice president for planning and development at Bowdoin College. The announcement was made by President Robert H. Edwards at the May 8 meeting of the College's Board of Trustees.

Torrey has been vice president for development and college relations since 1991. In his expanded role, Torrey will have broad responsibilities for strategic planning and positioning for the College. He will continue to serve as Bowdoin's chief development officer and as a member of the College's senior staff.

"Bill Torrey is a dynamic and effective leader, both on campus and in the community. His achievements in the areas of fund-raising and development have significantly advanced Bowdoin's educational mission and enabled us to maintain and expand our fine academic programs," Edwards said. "I look forward to continuing to work with Bill on important issues regarding Bowdoin's future."

As vice president, Torrey has overseen development and fund-raising programs, alumni relations, communications, public affairs, special events and summer programs. He is the staff liaison to Bowdoin's Trustee committees on development and college relations, campaign steering, and trustee affairs. He serves on numerous college committees, chairing the public space, chapel building and benefits advisory committees. He has served on the planning and building committees for the nearly $100 million in new construction either built or planned for Bowdoin since 1991.

This month, he was one of five recipients of the 1998 Bowdoin Employee Excellence Awards.

Torrey has also directed the largest comprehensive capital campaign in college history, the $125 million New Century Campaign for Bowdoin, which was launched in 1993. The campaign, which ends June 30, has financed Bowdoin's new $20 million science complex; a new 118-acre Coastal Studies Center on Orr's Island; renovations to campus science, theater, classroom and library spaces; additional resources for financial aid, endowed academic chairs, information technology and campus preservation; and a campus fitness center.

During his tenure as vice president for development, the college's endowment has grown to more than $370 million from $161 million in 1991. The Bowdoin Development Office was recognized last year with a Circle of Excellence award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for having demonstrated exemplary performance in educational fund-raising.

Torrey joined Bowdoin in 1988 as director of development, overseeing major-gift fund-raising for the college. Prior to his arrival at Bowdoin, Torrey served as managing partner in the Cambridge, Mass., office of Staley/Robeson Inc., a national fund-raising consulting firm. For five years in the mid-1980s, he headed a private manufacturing business in the Philadelphia area, which he sold in 1987.

From 1977 to 1983, Torrey was a member of the Bucknell University development staff, serving for four years as director of annual giving. In 1983, the Bucknell annual giving program won a special award from the CASE for having one of the most improved such programs in the nation.

Torrey earned his bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in education from Bucknell.

Last month, Torrey was named chairman of the board of directors of the United Way of Mid Coast Maine. At the United Way, Torrey chaired a successful $1.58 million capital campaign in 1996. He is a former trustee or director of the Portland Stage Company, Maine State Music Theatre and the Bucknell University Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Torrey lives in Bath with his wife, Pamela Phillips Torrey, and their two children.

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