May 19, 2008 (Vol. 7, No. 9)
Lehman Names Mario DellaPina Vice President of Institutional Advancement
In his new role, he will spearhead Lehman's fundraising and development efforts, continuing an effort that began on July 1, 2000 to bring the College's private fund-raising total to $40 million by 2014. Among the top priorities is the construction of an environmentally "green" science complex at the north end of the campus, which will break ground this summer.
"Mr. DellaPina arrives at Lehman as we are celebrating our fortieth anniversary and beginning several new initiatives," said Lehman President Ricardo R. Fernández. "I look forward to working with him to continue our record of growth and to achieve additional support for student scholarships and other key areas."
A graduate of the University of Miami, who also attended John Marshall Law School in Chicago, DellaPina recently completed 20 years of service at Queens College. During that time, annual gifts raised by the College grew from $300,000 to $18 million, and the Queens College Foundation raised over $150 million.
Earlier in his career, he worked in development positions for the Greater New York Councils of Boy Scouts of America, the Archdioceses of both Newark, N.J., and New York, and as senior managing director of his own firm. Altogether, he raised close to $500 million over the last 30 years.
In addition to development operations, he will oversee the Media Relations Office, the Alumni Affairs Office, the Performing Arts Center, and the Lehman College Art Gallery. He succeeds Dr. Anne Johnson, who retired as vice president in January.