Reaching out: Meet SUNY Broome’s new Director of Alumni Engagement

Tony Zostant

Tony Zostant

During the more than 20 years he spent as a college women’s lacrosse coach, Tony Zostant was heavily involved in recruitment. As SUNY Broome’s staff assistant for Admissions, he did the same – this time for a broader population of students.

Now the Broome Community College Foundation’s Director of Alumni Engagement, he has the opportunity to see the college experience from the other viewpoint: that of successful graduates eager to connect with their alma mater.

“For more than 20 years, I’ve dealt with a population of 17- to 21-year-olds. This is refreshing to me,” he said of his job at the Foundation. “The demographics are different. It’s exciting.”

A native of Johnstown, NY, Zostant earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY Cortland. He coached women’s lacrosse for both Division III and Division I teams, starting with Nazareth College in Rochester, followed by SUNY Brockport, St. Bonaventure and finally Binghamton University.

He made the leap to Admissions in November 2015, and has spent two years at SUNY Broome.

“Overall, SUNY Broome is a gem of the community,” he said. “It gives opportunities to so many people, and helps them change the direction of their life.”

He’s excited to reach out to the college’s alumni and is currently working with Foundation Director Cathy Williams to establish an Alumni Hall of Fame, featuring SUNY Broome, BCC and Broome Tech memorabilia. (It will include the famous beanies; they’re not just legend.)

“I’m looking forward to the challenge! It’s going to be a fun journey,” Tony said about his move to the Foundation.