Development News

Golf tournament

The link to our students

The 14th annual honors golf tournament will raise money for student scholarships on Monday, July 12 at the Kernwood Country Club in Salem. Limited to 25 foursomes, the tournament features tournament play, prize holes, a barbecue lunch and buffet dinner, and premium raffle items. To register, or for information on how to support our event, visit

For 13 years, the Salem State College Honors Golf Tournament has provided a majority of the funds that underwrite student scholarships. In addition, it has doubled the operating budget for the college’s rigorous Commonwealth Honors Program which provides selected students with an opportunity to apply contemporary research techniques to their chosen course of study. The cost of participation in the program can be challenging and students often struggle to purchase additional textbooks and research materials. Also, honors classes are presented in an intimate seminar format and such personalized teaching and mentoring experiences place added burden on academic budgets.

You're invited to join the long list of generous individuals, companies and corporations that have chosen to support the Commonwealth Honors Program at Salem State—a day you won’t soon forget.

Select Sponsorships: Align your organization with one of Salem State’s premier programs.

Hole Sponsor ($500)
Benefit: Oversized signs featuring your organization’s name and logo on the tee and green.

Register your foursome and sponsor a hole for the special price of $2,000.

Tee signs featuring your organization’s name in block print are $150 each. Other high visibility sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Lisa McFadden in Institutional Advancement at 978.542.7554 at for additional information.

The Salem State Annual Fund

The Salem State Annual Fund represents gifts received by the college on an annual basis from alumni, parents and friends. Unrestricted gifts to the annual fund allow Salem State to address ongoing core costs such as financial aid, and allows the college to seize new opportunities and ensure the best academic and college experiences for our students.

Every unrestricted gift to the annual fund makes a significant impact on the educational experience of today's students. Your participation enhances Salem State's ability to serve our students through teaching innovation, recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty, scholarships and departmental support.

Whether your gift is unrestricted, supporting those needs prioritized by the president or designated for a specific department or scholarship, Salem State Annual Fund gifts provide essential support where it is most needed.

Please make a donation now to support student success.

Michael McCarthy

College announces new director,
major gifts officer

Salem State introduces Michael D. McCarthy as its new director, major gifts officer. McCarthy arrives from the University of Connecticut Foundation where he served as program director for leadership gifts and as assistant director in its School of Engineering.

Michael McCarthy graduated from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Prior to joining the University of Connecticut Foundation in 2006, he held a number of positions in sales, account management and new business development in the residential and commercial real estate arena. At the University of Connecticut Foundation, he was involved in the cultivation and stewardship of corporate and alumni donors, and in the solicitation of major gifts.

McCarthy’s major responsibilities will include the stewardship of major gift prospects and the integration of the annual fund, planned giving and special campaigns that will support the college’s strategic plan.