COSAM News Articles 2021 March Tammy Beck Hartwell will retire on March 31

Tammy Beck Hartwell will retire on March 31

Published: 03/22/2021

By: Sherri Rowton

As Tammy Beck Hartwell ‘81, director of the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) Office of Development, prepares to retire on March 31, she reflected on her two decades in the role.  “I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to have worked with so many special colleagues and loyal and generous donors to benefit my alma mater and the College of Sciences and Mathematics.  As Steve Jobs said ‘The only way to do great work is to love what you do.’  I have loved every minute but am ready for the next chapter.” 


As chief fundraiser for the college, Ms. Hartwell worked closely with its alumni, faculty, students, and friends to raise more than $40 million for scholarships, professorships, new buildings, and programmatic support.  During her tenure, she worked alongside four deans and led efforts during two comprehensive fundraising campaigns.  Under her leadership, the endowment of COSAM grew from less than $4 million to over $28 million. According to COSAM Dean Nick Giordano, “Tammy has been an absolutely terrific leader of our Development team and has forged strong relationships with our alumni and friends. She has done so much to take COSAM to the next level.”


Ms. Hartwell traveled throughout the United States and has had an estimated 5,000 personal visits with alumni and donors since she joined COSAM in August, 2000.  Tara Jones, Associate Vice President for Development, noted that “In addition to her fundraising acumen, I want to applaud Tammy for being willing to mentor and provide guidance to new Directors, Development Officers, and Associates.  Her institutional knowledge is one in which we came to rely on.  Tammy has been steadfast in her loyal commitment to COSAM and paced in her thoughtful approach to her work.” 


Her colleague, Sherri Joullian Rowton, shared “We will miss Tammy terribly, but are indebted to her for leaving us with such a strong foundation on which to build moving forward.  She will always be an important and beloved member of the COSAM Family.”


Effective April 1, Ms. Rowton will serve as Interim Director of Development until a permanent replacement is named.


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