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Constance L. Royster Named Director of Development at Yale Divinity School

Constance L. Royster joins Yale Divinity School as director of development, effective Oct. 19, following five years as associate director of development at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and two years as the first director of major giving at the WSHU National Public Radio Group in Fairfield, CT. A member of the Yale College Class of 1972, she was part of the first group of women undergraduates at Yale.

Constance L. RoysterDean Harold Attridge said, "The Divinity School is indeed fortunate to have someone of Connie's considerable experience and abilities join our development team. No doubt, her presence will greatly enhance our fund-raising capacities as YDS embarks, with the rest of the University, on the new Capital Campaign."

As director of development, Royster will be working with John B. Lindner, director, Department of External Relations, and other members of the External Relations team.

Royster is a trained lawyer and had a legal career that spanned two decades after graduating from Rutgers Law School. She was the founding and managing partner of the law firm Cooper, Liebowitz, Royster & Wright (one of the nation's largest women/minorities law firms) with offices in New York and Connecticut. Prior to that, she was an associate with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City and also served as an assistant United States attorney in the Southern District of New York.

Born and raised in greater New Haven, her family attends St. Luke's Episcopal Church in New Haven. An active member of the Yale/New Haven community, she currently serves on the board of Dwight Hall at Yale (a student-run public service and social justice organization), on the advisory board of the Fund for Women and Girls of the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, and on the Conservation Commission for the Town of Bethany. She has served on various committees of the United Nations Association of Fairfield County; on the boards of the Federal Bar Council, Friends in Adoption, and Wykeham Rise School; on the Second Circuit Task Force on Race, Gender and Ethnicity, and on The Jury Project; and on the Children's Task Force of the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children.

In 2003 she received an Outstanding Woman of Connecticut Award presented by then-Lieutenant Governor Jodi Rell.

She served on the first Board of Governors of the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA), has been a long-time member of the Yale Alumni Schools Committee, and is a fellow of Jonathan Edwards College.