The QCC Fund, Inc. - Rosemary Sullivan Zins
Rosemary Sullivan Zins
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Queensborough Community College
Rosemary has devoted her entire career to public higher education, promoting and raising funding for community colleges throughout the country. In each one, she established a hallmark of high standards to advance the college’s fundraising operations, developed and cultivated lasting relationships with the college’s stakeholders and constituencies, and increased recognition of the college’s programs and services.
Her portfolio of responsibilities has included fundraising, grant writing and grants administration, institutional research, alumni relations, lobbying, public/external relations, marketing and publications, strategic planning, board development, and executive leadership, including the supervision and promotion of campus cultural entities.
At Queensborough Community College, where she is currently Vice President for Institutional Advancement, she oversees every aspect of the school’s fundraising and grant-seeking process, alumni relations, management of the QCC Fund, Inc. as well as the College’s three signature cultural centers: the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives, the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, and the QCC Art Gallery. Under her guidance, the College secured its first and second million-dollar gifts from individuals and initiated the submission of an NEH Matching Grant to be a national demonstration site among community colleges as to how a campus’ cultural resources can be better integrated into the Humanities curriculum. Furthermore, under her direction, the College completed its goals for the Invest in CUNY Campaign two years ahead of schedule and successfully obtained millions of dollars of capital and expense funding for campus improvements and community programs.
Rosemary began her career as the Director of Outpatient Counseling Services for a community-based substance abuse program, which also operated an alternative high school, where her responsibilities included carrying a client caseload as well as supervising counselors and writing grants for program funding. She then became the Project Director of a C.S. Mott Foundation grant at the Community College of Rhode Island and later advanced to serve as its Grants Director and Executive Director of the college’s foundation. As such, she authored and obtained funding for institutional grant submissions, such as the U.S. Department of Education Tech Prep initiative wherein the college became the country’s national demonstration site, and worked with the college’s fund board in expanding its annual fundraising efforts.
Rosemary next moved to the San Diego area and accepted a position as Vice President for Advancement at Southwestern Community College. Here she spearheaded the college’s $89m capital bond campaign, served as the college’s accreditation liaison officer, and provided supervision and leadership of the offices of grants, marketing and publications, public relations, and institutional research.
She moved back to the northeast to become CUNY’s first Community College Vice President for Advancement when CUNY began its inaugural Invest in CUNY Campaign, initially working as the Vice President for Advancement at Kingsborough Community College. She has held her present position at Queensborough Community College since 2005.
Originally from Massachusetts, Rosemary earned her A.B. degree from Brown University with a dual major in Experimental Psychology and English Literature, her M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Rhode Island College, and an M.B.A. from the University of Rhode Island in Management. She also completed the MLE program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Rosemary Sullivan Zins, as Vice President for Institutional Advancement, became an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of the QCC Fund, Inc. in 2012.