Transforming Lives

Everyone needs a guardian angel. Ask Devine Bailey. His mother was his inspiration and his foundation. She kept him safe while he grew up on Harlem’s mean streets, until he moved to Troy, N.Y., where he excelled in high school and mentored youth at the local YMCA. He earned an associate’s degree and enrolled at Cortland.

But when cancer suddenly ended his mother’s life, Devine struggled. His grades slipped. All of his financial options vanished. He desperately needed a lifeline.

An anonymous donor to SUNY Cortland’s Guardian Angelfish Scholarship Program provided that helping hand. Securing the necessary funds to continue, Devine excelled academically. He rekindled his coaching skills and guided the women’s club basketball team. Best of all, Devine was on track again to earn his bachelor’s degree.

Devine knows that not all guardian angels reside in heaven. Some, he will tell you, can be found at SUNY Cortland.

Learn how you can become one. Support The Cortland Fund.

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Cortland College Foundation
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045 
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Peter Perkins
Vice President for
Institutional Advancement

Lisa Court
Associate Vice President for Development

Tina Aversano ’96
Manager of Scholarships and Donor Relations 

Richard Coyne ’07
Alumni and Advancement Officer

Doug DeRancy ’75
Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement Emeritus

Jennifer Janes
Director, The Cortland Fund

Jill Mirabito
Major and Planned Giving Officer