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Roche Named Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations at Clarkson University

Patrick Roche has been named vice president for development & alumni relations at Clarkson University.

Patrick RocheThroughout his career, Roche has specialized in roles combining management, strategy, and sales. He brings to Clarkson more than a decade of corporate experience in large and small organizations, ranging from dotcoms to multinational corporations.  

“We are ready to double down on the key objectives launched in the last decade that placed Clarkson on a national stage as an institution that defies convention and delivers on big ideas,” said Clarkson President Tony Collins. “Patrick’s background in industry and higher education brings fresh perspectives and appropriate relevance to our ongoing evolution to excellence.”

"The opportunity to partner with President Collins, University trustees, alumni, faculty & staff, students, and parents, was irresistible," said Roche. "I look forward to working with my colleagues in development & alumni relations to develop a world-class program equal to Clarkson's ascension as a leader in higher education and research."

Roche has served in a variety of roles at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Claremont McKenna College (CMC). While serving as associate vice president for development and external relations at CMC, he led efforts to successfully complete the $600 million dollar Campaign for CMC, a record amount for a liberal arts college.
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minn., Roche is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

He and his wife, Amy, reside in the Village of Potsdam and are the parents of two daughters.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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