Oregon State University – Cascades announced that Saoirse Jones has joined its campus leadership team as director of development.
“We are thrilled to welcome Saoirse to OSU-Cascades and continue the groundswell of community philanthropy that made the OSU-Cascades campus and its expansion possible, and that has helped countless students through scholarships as they pursued their degrees,” said Andrew Ketsdever, interim vice president of OSU-Cascades.
Jones, an employee of the OSU Foundation, the philanthropic partner of Oregon State University, brings a background in developing and implementing giving and engagement strategies for individuals, foundations and corporations in the nonprofit and higher education sectors.
Jones most recently served as divisional vice president of philanthropy for Evergreen Goodwill of Northwest Washington, where she led advancement strategy. Prior to working with Goodwill, she spent most of her 20-year career supporting fundraising efforts at Seattle University, the University of California, Berkeley and the College Success Foundation.
In her role at OSU-Cascades, Jones joins Olivia Townsend, assistant director of development, to lead philanthropic initiatives to support student success and access, academic programs and research efforts.
Jones succeeds Julie Hotchkiss who served as director of development for OSU-Cascades for 13 years and retired in January 2022.
Oregon State University’s campus in Bend brings higher education to Central Oregon, the fastest growing region in the state. Surrounded by 2.5 million acres of mountains and high desert, OSU-Cascades offers small classes that accelerate faculty-student mentoring and engages in top tier research as part of Oregon State University. Degree programs meet industry and economic needs in areas such as innovation and entrepreneurship, natural ecosystems, health and wellness, and arts and sciences, and prepare students for tomorrow’s challenges. OSU-Cascades is expanding to serve 3,000 to 5,000 students, building a 128-acre campus with net-zero goals.