Betsy Constantine '93 Named as the 131st Commencement Speaker
Nichols is pleased to announce that Betsy Constantine ‘93 will be this year’s Commencement speaker. A legacy student at Nichols, Ms. Constantine followed in the footsteps of her father, uncle, sister, and brother. After graduation, she earned a B.A. in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College and then worked on Wall Street for eleven years, moving back to Buffalo in 2008.
Ms. Constantine explored her passion for helping others by taking classes in social work at the State University of New York at Buffalo, earning her master’s degree in social work. She feels her Nichols education allowed her to develop the skills she needed to reach her highest potential.
She began working at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo in 2009, was promoted to the newly created role of Vice President of Giving Strategies in 2011, and was named Executive Vice President in 2017 as part of leadership succession planning. Assets have grown from 150 million to over 800 million during her tenure. Through partnership and teamwork, Ms. Constantine has helped the Community Foundation build an international reputation and brought over 100 million dollars into Buffalo over the last fifteen years from national private foundations and other entities.
Now that she serves as the President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Ms. Constantine works to help people support causes that are important to them. The Community Foundation administers over 800 million dollars in charitable assets, representing the legacies and foundations of over 900 individuals and families.
As CEO, Ms. Constantine helps people “do the good they want to do” and trains incoming community foundation professionals around the country, further widening the impact of her passion and talent for helping others.
Nichols School’s 131st Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2023 will be held on the Nichols Quad on June 2, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. I look forward to seeing you all there and hearing Ms. Constantine’s remarks.