Mitchell College Welcomes Chief Advancement and Alumni Affairs Officer


Nancy Cowser 

Mitchell College recently welcomed Nancy Cowser as Chief Advancement and Alumni Affairs Officer. In her new role, she joins the senior leadership team and will be responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating comprehensive development strategies and programs that support the vision and mission of the College through fundraising and alumni engagement.

Prior to joining Mitchell, Cowser was the Executive Director since 2017 of the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region (seCTer), the region’s designated economic development organization.

Skilled in strategic planning, project management, fund development and community engagement, she also worked in several other arenas, including healthcare, social services and mortgage banking. She holds a master’s degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Boston College.

Dr. Tracy Y. Espy, Mitchell College president, said, “Nancy’s deep connections in the community and significant experience in fundraising and relationship building are a boon to the College and our strategic planning efforts. We are so excited for her to share her insights and broad knowledge as we look to future growth.”

Cowser said, “Mitchell College’s mission to celebrate and develop the power of unique minds is deeply personal to me. I am honored to have the opportunity to draw on my past experiences to help elevate the College and to connect with our incredible students, talented staff and faculty, our supportive alumni and parents, our community partners and many others, to grow our network of influence and support."

About Mitchell College
A small liberal arts college, Mitchell developed its distinct educational approach over more than 80 years, blending a tradition of mentoring with an expertise in teaching diverse learning styles to create the innovative Mitchell Ability Model. Through a journey of self-discovery, learning adaptability, four-year career development, and mastery of essential abilities, students are challenged, supported and equipped for lifelong success. Mitchell is committed to the broader community through building strong, creative and cooperative partnerships. Located on a beautiful waterfront campus in historic New London, Connecticut, it is also home to championship NCAA Division III athletics, Thames at Mitchell College, the Mystic Program, and the renowned Bentsen Learning Center.