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NYIT Appoints New Vice President for Development

Old Westbury, N.Y. (Jan. 10, 2011) – John M. Elizandro joins New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) today as the new vice president for development, as NYIT’s  campuses around the world increase their outreach to alumni and donors. Elizandro brings 35 years of experience in alumni affairs, development, and public relations in the public and private sectors of higher education and health care.

As the successful vice president for development, and later, the vice president for institutional advancement at Villanova University, Elizandro spent 18 years developing all alumni, development, and public relations initiatives. He oversaw a staff of 70, directed fundraising campaigns, and served as a senior advisor to the president on university-wide strategic issues. 

“I’m very impressed with President Guiliano’s vision for NYIT, and I look forward to working with him and others in advancing the important mission of the university,” said Elizandro. “Since my early discussions with the president, it’s extremely obvious that the leadership is keenly focused on the key priorities that will be important as the institution works toward achieving its strategic plan.”

In his new role, Elizandro will oversee the Office of Development and lead alumni affairs and development efforts in support of NYIT’s long-term strategic plan. He will work directly with NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., and the Board of Trustees to garner new levels of external support for NYIT. He will also serve as a member of the President’s Council.

Elizandro comes to NYIT from Westchester Medical Center, where he was the senior vice president for development, responsible for restructuring the development program for the Center which includes the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in preparation for a comprehensive capital campaign. He led the rebuilding and integration of the foundation boards for the Center and children’s hospital in order to establish a new presence of volunteer leadership for gift initiatives.

“John is a highly regarded leader in the fields of higher education and health care, and his experience and ideas complement the goals of the university,” said President Guiliano. “I look forward to John’s leadership in advancing our alumni and development programs, as NYIT continues to broaden our base of support from external sources.”

Elizandro has also served in senior level development positions at Pennsylvania State University, University of Missouri, and several other universities. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in political science at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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