CRCDS Announces Staffing Changes and New Hires to the Office for Institutional Advancement

Dear CRCDS Community,

The Institutional Advancement (IA) team at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS) supports the viability of the institution through a team approach to fundraising, marketing, recruitment, development, and event planning through various skills and resources. The IA team cares for the public face of the institution through communications, digitized platforms, and community partnerships in support of the CRCDS mission and vision and in consultation with the Office of the President.

Today, I am pleased to announce the following IA staffing changes at CRCDS. Please join me in acknowledging the contributions of Mr. David Riddell and Ms. Polly Bush and welcoming Ms. Amanda Larson and Rev. Damond A. Wilson, CRCDS ’19.
It is a joy to announce the promotion of Mr. David Riddell to Senior Director of Advancement and Communications and Ms. Polly Bush to Director of Enrollment Services and Financial Aid.

Mr. Riddell, who started at CRCDS in 2020, will be responsible for executing marketing and communications strategies on behalf of the seminary, and coordinating all online, virtual, hybrid, hyflex, and in-person events for the institution. Mr. Riddell has been instrumental in key Institutional Advancement initiatives over the last two years, including project managing a new website, increasing social media and web presence, expanding the institutions launch of a new brand, and development of online and print marketing materials.

Ms. Bush has been a part of the CRCDS staff since 2005. She has held a variety of different roles at the school including the areas of enrollment services, admissions, financial aid, and student support services. In her new role, Ms. Bush will be responsible for streamlining the process for newly admitted students by guiding them through the new student onboarding process for a seamless transition into the seminary community and administering the Financial Aid program. In addition, Ms. Bush serves as the institution’s Veteran’s Affair (VA) Certifying Officer, Principle Designated official for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), and is the current staff representative to the seminary’s Board of Trustees.

Mr. Riddell and Ms. Bush will begin their new roles on January 15, 2023.

Ms. Larson holds a BA in Liberal Studies from Vermont College in Montpelier, Vermont, and an honors MA in Theology and Religious History from The General Theological Seminary (Episcopal) in New York City. She was the founder of LarsonLane/ ALA Group, a consulting firm that enjoyed success with dozens of organizations nationwide, and she worked with and for organizations that include the Washington National Cathedral, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia, Bangor Theological Seminary, Greater Portland Landmarks, The Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation, NHS Human Services, The Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, and The National Foundation for Women Business Owners.

Amanda is also a writer. The author of Healing From a Grandmother's Heart, her master’s thesis on Episcopal Bishop James A. Pike was acquired for the archives at Washington National Cathedral and her essays/articles have appeared in The Lutheran magazine, Episcopal Life, and

In her role as Director of Development, Ms. Larson will be responsible for donor solicitations and drives for the annual fund, major donor cultivation, and planned giving.

Rev. Wilson holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of West Georgia, and a MDiv from CRCDS. Rev. Wilson most recently served as a Director and Case Manager at Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach in Rochester, New York. While at CRCDS, Rev. Wilson was President of the Black Student Caucus, Vice President of the Student Cabinet, and Chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Songfest committee. In conjunction with his academic pursuits, he has the pleasure of serving as an associate minister at Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Rochester, New York and as a supply pastor for Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church, in Binghamton, New York.

Concurrently, he has served on several commissions that studied racial inequities in the city of Rochester and Monroe County. In August of 2020, Rev. Wilson functioned as a commissioner for Race and Structural Equity (RASE), which was tasked with identifying racial disparities in municipal policies and procedures. He facilitated the housing workgroup, which addressed redlining, discriminatory zoning, and tenant protections. In 2021, Rev. Wilson served on another commission, Reparations and Universal Basic Income (RUBI). The commission was tasked with identifying various ways to institute reparations and guarantee income for impoverished residents.

In his role as Director of Recruitment and Alumni/ae Engagement, Rev. Wilson will be responsible for recruitment of students and to build coalition and networking among CRCDS alumni/ae.

Ms. Larson and Rev. Wilson will begin their work on January 30, 2023.

Please join me and our Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Dr. Courtney Wiley-Harris, welcome Ms. Larson and Rev. Wilson to the CRCDS community and congratulate Mr. Riddell and Ms. Bush on their promotions.

Yours in peace, service, and justice,

Rev. Angela D. Sims,

Ph.D. President


Download a copy of the President's letter HERE.




Posted by David Riddell at 14:54