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Mazzuca named F&M executive director of alumni relations and annual giving

  • Mary Mazzuca
  • Mary Mazzuca, an experienced leader of alumni relations and annual giving programs at several institutions, has been named executive director of alumni relations and annual giving at Franklin & Marshall College. (Photo by Rob Mazzuca)

Mary Mazzuca, who has directed fundraising and alumni relations programs at institutions including Purdue and American universities, has been named executive director of alumni relations and annual giving at Franklin & Marshall College. Her appointment is effective Sept. 1.

In this newly configured role, Mazzuca will be responsible for planning and directing all aspects of the College's integrated alumni relations and annual giving programs, which previously had been separate units within the Office of College Advancement.

As a member of the advancement senior leadership team, she will lead the development of annual goals and objectives for alumni relations and annual giving, oversee staffing and volunteer management, and provide strategic direction for integrated marketing programs and events to enhance engagement among F&M alumni, parents and friends.

"Mary has considerable experience leading communities of donors, volunteers and high-performing advancement teams, which will benefit F&M greatly," said Vice President for College Advancement Matthew Eynon, to whom Mazzuca will report.

"She brings a collaborative nature, keen strategic thinking and a strong work ethic to this important new role.

"Former colleagues and volunteer leaders described Mary as committed to building authentic relationships focused on the highest aspirations of the institutions she has served," Eynon added. "I am excited to welcome her to F&M as we seek to expand our base of informed, engaged and invested alumni, and as we look ahead to the College's future comprehensive campaign."

Mazzuca, a Lancaster native, said she is "thrilled" to return to her hometown and to join the F&M community.

"There is so much energy around President Daniel Porterfield's vision for the College, and I am thankful for the opportunity to come to F&M at this exciting time," she said. "I look forward to working with the alumni relations and annual giving team, and with alumni leadership, to create new opportunities for F&M graduates to engage in the life of the College."

Mazzuca will come to F&M from Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., where she has served for the past year as director of development for the university's Krannert School of Management. Prior to Purdue, she spent five years at the Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring, Md., where she rose to the position of director of advancement after serving as director of alumni relations and pre-primary admissions, and as director of alumni relations and the annual fund.

Mazzuca worked for six years at American University in Washington, D.C., as director of parent and volunteer programs, as associate director and assistant director of alumni relations for the university, and as assistant director of alumni relations at American's Washington College of Law. Prior to American, she served for two years as assistant director of alumni relations at Loyola University in Baltimore.

"I've had a chance to meet with Mary twice and was consistently impressed with her broad experience and her approach to alumni relations and annual giving challenges," said David Taylor '81, outgoing president of the F&M Alumni Association, who participated in the search for the new executive director position. "I expect Mary will be a tremendous partner with our board and the Alumni Association."

Mazzuca holds a bachelor's degree in communications and public relations from Loyola, and a master's degree in public communication from American.

As part of the new alignment of positions in the Office of College Advancement, Cathy Cross Roman '77, the current director of alumni and parent relations, will move into a newly created role overseeing donor relations, campaign stewardship and campaign relations.

Roman has worked in F&M alumni relations for 12 years, including the past eight as director. In her new position, she will lead a team responsible for overall stewardship of annual donors, endowment and campaign donors, and for supporting various aspects of the College's campaign and volunteer relations programs.

"Cathy is moving into a mission-critical role where she and her team will influence the outcomes of our comprehensive campaign by supporting our community of donors and volunteers," Eynon said. "Cathy's service to her alma mater has been unwavering and unparalleled; I am so pleased she will remain a key leader for the College. Her leadership, professionalism and grace have deeply impacted generations of alumni who are passionate about F&M."