Penn State University, the state’s largest institution of higher education, has a long-standing reputation of excellence and prestige. This reputation has equated to unparalleled pride and loyalty among our alumni and friends. The price of excellence, however, continues to rise and the University’s public support continues to decline. You might be surprised to learn that state appropriations account for only one-third of the University’s operating budget. This reduction in funding, combined with rising costs, has forced the University to increase tuition, burdening our students with more post-college debt.

Penn State Lehigh Valley is also feeling the pressure of achieving greatness with limited resources. The success of our students is directly related to our ability to meet their educational needs while also providing them with student programs and services that will enhance their overall Penn State experience. In order to do this, and meet the needs of our local community, we need to identify new sources of funding for our programs and initiatives.

So how can you help? Connect with the office of Development and Alumni Relations to learn how you can get involved with supporting the Penn State Lehigh Valley campus. There are a variety of options to explore.

Development Staff

Patti Frey | Director of Campus Development

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Patti Frey joined the Penn State family in February 2016 as the director of campus development at Penn State Lehigh Valley. She has extensive experience in development with a record of accelerating revenue growth.

Frey came to Penn State Lehigh Valley from Drexel University, where she served the LeBow College of Business as director of development and then was promoted to director of development for major gifts in Drexel’s college of engineering. She led and streamlined major fundraising operations and solicited major and planned gifts for up to $1 million. Frey raised $3 million in gifts in less than four years. She accomplished this by designing and launching highly targeted individual donor strategies to maximize the amount of funds raised.

Previously, Frey served as the associate director of development at Temple University, leading annual gift fundraising within the $35 million athletics micro-campaign. She was also the assistant director of development and alumni affairs for Temple University and the Fox School of Business where she created and monitored innovative programing to achieve fundraising objectives. She also served as director of member relations for the Pyramid Club in Philadelphia.

She has continued to remain an active member of various honor fraternities and marketing and business specific fraternities, including Beta Gamma Sigma, Alpha Mu Alpha, Delta Sigma Pi and Phi Theta Kappa.

Frey holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Temple University, with a major in marketing.

Sharon Neders | Development Office Support Assistant

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