LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Siena College Vice President and Director of Athletics John D’Argenio has announced the hiring of Ryan Venter as the department’s new assistant athletic director for development. Venter joins the Siena Athletic department after spending the previous four years with the Capital District YMCA, including the past two as the director of major and planned gifts.
“We are pleased to welcome Ryan to the Siena Athletics family,” said D’Argenio. “His experience in athletic administration and in fundraising will be great assets to Siena and its student athletes.”
Venter will be charged with overseeing the Saints Alive! athletic giving fund, which raises roughly a half million dollars annually for the benefit of Siena’s student athletes. Additional duties include managing the athletic department’s key fundraising events, soliciting gifts for the College’s capital campaign project, and establishing various outreach initiatives.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Siena College team,” commented Venter. “I look forward to working with our coaches, staff and student athletes at Siena as we continue to grow our Saints Alive! program.”
In his first full year as the Capital District YMCA’s Director of Major and Planned Gifts, Venter secured 36 new $1,000+ contributions as he increased major gift contributions by 63% from the previous year. In his first two years with the organization, he served as the district executive director where he ran the Guilderland YMCA while also overseeing both the East Greenbush and Schenectady YMCA’s and their respective executive directors.
Venter spent eight years as the Director of Athletics and Recreation at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. During his tenure, he oversaw and managed all aspects of the ACPHS Department of Athletics and Recreation which included intercollegiate athletics, intramurals, recreational programming and the on-campus fitness center. Venter developed the strategic plan for the department, and also managed the $2.5 million development and renovation of the ACPHS Athletic Track and Field project.
Venter is a 2003 graduate of Boston College, where he earned his B.A. in Communications and was a men’s basketball team manager for all four years. He received his M.S. in Educational Administration with a concentration in Higher Ed. Administration from the University at Albany in 2006.
Venter resides in nearby Glenmont with his wife and 2004 Siena College graduate Christy, and his daughters Ella (10) and Grace (7). His father, Thomas Venter ’71 was a standout golfer at Siena College and was inducted into the Siena Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982.