Christopher M. DelGiorno

Vice President for College Advancement

Christopher M. DelGiorno

Chris returned to Marist in April, 2011 to assume his present role as Vice President for College Advancement more than 20 years after beginning his career here as an Assistant Director of Admissions following his graduation from the College in 1988. Immediately prior to returning to Marist, Chris served as the Executive Director of Leadership Gifts at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. In this role, he led a team of 15, including 11 Regional Directors engaged in a nationwide effort to build meaningful relationships with Bucknell alumni, parents, and friends and secure vital leadership and principal gift support for key University priorities in the context of Bucknell's current $400 million comprehensive campaign. In addition to managing the leadership gifts program and his own prospect portfolio, Chris served as a member of the Senior Management team in Development and Alumni Relations as well as the Development Directors team, and participated in several University-wide committees.

Chris' work in development began in 1997 at the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey in Camden, New Jersey, where he served as the organization's first Director of Development during a capital campaign to build a new Ronald McDonald House. Following the campaign's successful conclusion in 2000, Chris moved on to the University of Pennsylvania's Office of Development and Alumni Relations. During his seven year tenure at Penn, Chris led the development program for Penn's School of Social Policy and Practice and later, launched Penn Development and Alumni Relations recruitment and professional development program. As the program's first director, Chris provided in-house executive search services for key vacancies within the Division and created and implemented a comprehensive training program for the more than 450 staff members working across the University's various schools, centers and central development office. He also served as a Senior Major Gifts Officer at that time, during the quiet phase of Penn's current $3.5 billion campaign.

From 1990–97, Chris worked for the Philadelphia Education Fund's College Access Program, serving as Managing Coordinator for the Program's flagship resource center in Center City Philadelphia. The program's mission is to provide information, motivation, and support for Philadelphia Public School students in an effort to increase the rate of graduates attending and persisting in college. Chris currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Program's successful last dollar scholarship program; The Philadelphia Scholars Fund.

In addition to his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Marist, Chris earned a Master of Liberal Arts Degree from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in non-profit leadership. He also completed the fund-raising certificate program at Penn. Chris and his wife Nancy have two sons, Benjamin and Timothy.

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