Truman Appointed Executive Director of the Friends of Bassett

January 1, 2014

Joshua Truman has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network, effective January 1, 2014. Truman joined Bassett in September 2009 as director of development overseeing personal solicitation of leadership and planned gifts, and event sponsorships. Prior to that time, he worked as a major gift officer at Hartwick College, his alma mater.

As executive director of the Friends, Truman will have network-wide responsibility for all philanthropic programs. He will also guide the Friends’ activities in the critical areas of major gifts, planned giving, and capital and annual campaign management.

“Josh’s experience as director of development for the Friends will serve him well in his new role,” said Michael Stein, who is retiring as the organization’s executive director. “In the four short years that Josh has been with the Friends, he has demonstrated strong relationship-building and fundraising skills, which will enable him to address the philanthropic challenges we face. His experience and familiarity with Bassett will provide valuable insight as he takes on leadership of the Friends and works to strengthen the organization’s overall fundraising capacity.”

“I look forward to working with our affiliates and engaging our community constituents to enhance the positive impact on our patients in the network through increased philanthropic support,” said Truman.

Stein, who is also Bassett Healthcare Network’s vice president of development, will transition to a part-time network-wide role in government affairs for Bassett.

Joanne Tobey will join Truman on the Friends’ leadership team, serving as director of development operations, with managerial responsibility for database management and analysis, gift processing, corporate and foundation grants and direct response programs. Tobey has previously managed development operations, direct-response programs, and institutional giving for Glimmerglass Opera. She also served as director of the annual fund for Douglass College, her alma mater, at Rutgers University. She earned her MBA at the University of Minnesota.

Truman, who is enrolled in the Health Care Advisory Board’s Fellowship Program, earned his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, at Hartwick College where he was a Trustee Scholar and president of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society. While a major gifts officer at Hartwick College, Truman was involved in special events, sponsorship acquisition, planning, and stewardship. He is a member of the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce board and a past president of the board of trustees for the Brookwood School. He was also an assistant golf professional at Cooperstown's Leatherstocking Golf Course, director of golf at the Golf Club of Summerbrooke in Tallahassee, and a professional golfer who competed in numerous professional golf tours and tournaments around the country. Truman still enjoys competing in golf events in the Northeast, is an avid photographer and kayaker.

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