For the past three years, Patrick Madama ’77/’87 has been the vice president for institutional advancement at Middlesex County College in New Jersey. It has continued a long and distinguished career in higher education that has its roots at The College at Brockport.
A first-generation college student, Madama earned an associate’s degree from Monroe Community College before transferring to Brockport. After obtaining his undergraduate degree in sociology, Madama would later take on the role of alumni director at Brockport in 1981. He eventually worked his way up to the position of executive director for college development and president of the Brockport College Foundation while serving until 1997. A longtime supporter of the College, Madama has held similar roles at the City University of New York and York College of Pennsylvania.
In the late ’90s, he established the Madama Family Scholarship in honor of his parents and their encouragement of his college education. Recently, he made a planned gift to the scholarship which will provide future students the opportunity to earn full tuition awards.
“It all goes back to sociology in terms of what I’ve been able to do personally and what I’ve been able to do professionally. I’d like that opportunity to be available to others who choose to study sociology,” says Madama. “I thought it would be a nice niche that was close to me that I could make a difference with.”
Madama knows firsthand how important private support is for public higher education. He helped lead Brockport’s first capital campaign in the mid ’90s and has been instrumental in the same capacity at his other career stops. The success of Brockport’s current campaign, Pursue Something Greater
, has not gone unnoticed.
“I could not be more delighted with how I’ve seen the program mature,” he says. “I am especially proud that so many of my fellow alumni are now in leadership positions on the Foundation board and working to make this happen.”
When reflecting on his time as a student at Brockport, Madama lauds the quality of professors he had, including Distinguished Service Professor Emerita Sarah Liebschutz (political science) as well as the late Albert Hess (sociology).
“At Brockport, I really got to fulfill my dream of studying sociology in-depth. I had wonderful professors who were both caring and really experts in their fields. I got to explore sociology in-depth and then also political science as a minor.
“Because of the breadth of the curricula at Brockport, it gives so many people the opportunity to identify, grow and develop in fields of interest that permit them to be contributing members of our society,” adds Madama. “There has always been a caring faculty and staff to assist the students in that development so it’s meaningful for them.”