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Northwood's Advancement Office in 2022

Northwood's Advancement Office in 2022

Pete Ticconi

After many years of excellent work with our alumni fund and alumni relations, Christine Ashe and Stephanie Colby moved on to other opportunities at the end of the last academic year. Their hard work grew both our alumni fund and our database. Certainly, their charm, humor, and warmth helped us establish great relationships and allowed us to host some excellent reunions as well as other events. After their departures, we thought about Advancement strategies going forward. 

In the summer months, we began with a new team, consisting of a local professional, Northwood staff, and seasoned veterans, Diane Scholl is coordinating events, Tom Broderick is heading up the Alumni Fund, while I am in charge of alumni relations in addition to contributing to the Northwood News, which is under the able direction Darcy Norfolk, our communications director.  The seasoned veterans are Mike Maher and Pete Ticconi.  Mike, as Head of Berkshire School, helped make substantial improvements to an aging physical plant during an exceptionally successful capital campaign. Pete Ticconi is our resident Advancement Coach with 40 + years of experience as an alumni relations development officer at the school and collegiate level.   

 Pete’s son graduated from Northwood in 1999, and during his son’s time at the School, Pete helped with our Advancement efforts. He recently retired from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, where he was Executive Director of Gift Planning and Senior Philanthropic Advisor.  His prior experience includes two alma maters for over 20 years at Northfield Mt. Hermon School and St. Lawrence University in addition to leading gift planning programs at Williams, and the John Hopkins Institutions, as well.

I recently spoke with Pete about his reasons for joining us and thoughts about what is to come. He noted that he is a new resident of Lake Placid and He saw a wonderful opportunity to help at a school he admires. 

He hopes to help the office develop even stronger communication efforts to keep alumni and friends apprised of Northwood’s efforts to maintain the finest high-level education possible. He knows that this is most likely to happen if we keep everyone abreast of present and future matters of interest. Such outreach should help us build our endowment so that we may balance the operating budget of the school while continuing to hire the best available faculty and staff, professionals committed to doing whatever it takes to support students.

Pete’s advice and direction has been incredibly helpful to all of us as we work to achieve the goals he has articulated. We have been enjoying connecting with alumni on the phone and at events. I am more than happy to respond to your questions or discuss ways that you might be involved with Northwood today.  (518-524-8692 or  

Peter J. Ticconi, Jr. is a gift planning consultant, speaker, researcher, and author with more than 40 years of experience. He has studied at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family as an Emotional System. He is the founder of the CANARAS planned giving group and served on the boards of the Planned Giving Group of New England and Chesapeake Planned Giving Council. Some of his research has been published in Planned Giving Today. He recently retired from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he was the Executive Director of Gift Planning and Senior Philanthropic Advisor. In his over 40 years in gift planning, Pete has led programs at Connecticut College, Babson College, St. Lawrence University, Williams College, and The Johns Hopkins Institutions.  His undergraduate fraternity is Beta Theta Pi at St. Lawrence University.