Wellesley College Announces New Vice President for Resources and Public Affairs

For immediate release:
March 7, 2008

Contact: Molly Tarantino, mtaranti@wellesley.edu

WELLESLEY, Mass. — Wellesley College has announced the appointment of Cameran Mason as vice president for resources and public affairs. Mason, the vice president for institutional advancement at Barnard College, was selected after a comprehensive national search.

“Cameran brings to this new role extensive experience in development, alumnae affairs, and communications in higher education,” said President H. Kim Bottomly in making the announcement. “I look forward to welcoming her as a member of the college’s senior management team.” Mason will join the Wellesley community on May 1. She succeeds David Blinder, who departed the College last year to become the chief development officer for the University of California, Berkeley.

“I am delighted to join President Bottomly and her team at Wellesley, an institution that has been very dear to my heart for 25 years,” said Mason. “I very much look forward to working with everyone at Wellesley to assure its continued success in educating women who will make a difference in the world. Wellesley has most certainly made a difference in my life, and it is with great pleasure that I return to campus to work on the College's behalf.”

In her role at Barnard, Mason has been responsible for all advancement efforts, including alumnae affairs, fundraising, special events, media relations and communications. She works in close partnership with the president and the board of trustees and is a member of the president’s senior leadership team.

Prior to Barnard, Mason worked at Fordham University for 10 years in nearly all aspects of development.  Earlier in her career, she held positions at the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, the Ford Foundation and The Brookings Institution. She is co-author of The Comparable Worth Controversy and was a contributing author of The Effects of Welfare-to-Work Programs: A Synthesis of Recent Experimental Research.

A Wellesley alumna in the Class of 1984, Mason earned a degree in economics and history and has been an active alumna volunteer for many years.  She holds a masters degree in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries.