0 Karl Sisson

Karl Sisson

Karl Sisson

Karl Sisson

Vice President for Advancement and External Engagement

Karl Sisson has served at Houghton since 2014. As the Vice President for Advancement and External Engagement, he leads a talented and committed team whose primary goal is to actively engage alumni and friends in the mission and future of Houghton University.


  • B.S. in Business Administration | Roberts Wesleyan College

Completed in May 2020, Karl provided effective vision and leadership to Houghton’s largest campaign to date – IMPACT: The Campaign for Greater Houghton – which successfully surpassed its $70 million goal. This comprehensive campaign enabled donors to invest in three key strategic areas: Access and Affordability, enabling a Houghton education to be more accessible and affordable for students; Strategic Campus Enhancement, supporting capital projects vital to Houghton’s future; and Academic and Experiential Investment, supporting curricular and co-curricular work on campus and the expansion of Greater Houghton.

A graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College (Rochester, NY) who also attended Eastern Nazarene College (Quincy, MA), Karl is passionate about a Christian liberal arts education. He is a seasoned development and marketing professional with over 25 years of Advancement experience.

A native of Gerry, NY (in nearby Chautauqua County), Karl and his wife, Laura, live in Houghton with their four children where they are actively involved on campus and in the community they love.

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