John M. Elizandro
John Elizandro

John M. Elizandro is vice president for development at NYIT. Elizandro oversees all philanthropic giving to the institution, from telefund and direct mail appeals, to major and endowment giving. He works directly with NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., and the Board of Trustees to garner new levels of contributions in support of NYIT's long-term strategic plan, and serves as a member of the President's Council.

Elizandro has nearly 40 years of experience in development and public relations in the public and private sectors of higher education and health care. Prior to joining NYIT, he served as the senior vice president for development at Westchester Medical Center, which includes the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital. He oversaw restructuring of the development program in preparation for a comprehensive capital campaign and led the rebuilding and integration of the foundation boards for the center and children's hospital to establish a new presence of volunteer leadership for gift initiatives.

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 people, directed fundraising campaigns, and served as a senior advisor to the president on university-wide strategic issues.

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.