Christopher M. DelGiorno
Vice President for College Advancement
Chris returned to Marist in 2011, more than 20 years after beginning his career at the College in the Office of Admission. Prior to his current role, Chris served as Executive Director of Leadership Gifts at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. While at Bucknell, he led a team of 15, including 11 Regional Directors engaged in a nationwide effort to 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 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, 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 positions 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. The program's mission is to provide information, motivation, and support for Philadelphia Public School students in an effort to increase their rate of college enrollment and completion.
In addition to his BA in communication from Marist, Chris earned an MLA from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in nonprofit leadership. He also completed the fundraising certificate program at Penn. Chris and his wife Nancy have two sons, Benjamin, currently a senior at Marist, and Timothy.