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Pace University Names Christine M. Meola Vice President for Philanthropy
Head of Columbus Citizens Foundation, producer of Columbus Celebration and Columbus Day parade, and former Director of Development at NY Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center
NEW YORK, NY, May 7, 2009 – Christine M. Meola has been appointed vice president for Philanthropy at Pace University, effective June 1. She will direct all fundraising activities for the 13,000-student institution and its 120,000 alumni, including completion of the “It’s Time” capital campaign which so far has raised $88.8 million toward its $100 million goal.
Since 2006 Meola has been Executive Director of the Columbus Citizens Foundation. As both chief executive and chief development officer, she oversees the Columbus Celebration and the member-supported scholarship program, which together help the foundation raise $4 million annually for college scholarships that support 800 students.
Previously, Meola was Director of Development at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she was a member of a senior management team that reported to the Vice President/Vice Provost for Development.
In that role she was responsible for six major divisions: Fundraising Programs, Communications, Special Events, Planned Giving, Corporate and Foundation Relations, and the New York Weill Cornell Council. During her time at the institution, New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College were in the midst of $1 billion and $750 million campaigns, respectively.
Posts at Fordham and Manhattan College. In higher education, Meola rose through a number of development positions at Fordham University to the role of Assistant Vice President for Development, where she managed a staff of 36 and held overall responsibility for University-wide major gift fundraising, including strategic planning, goal setting, programmatic implementation, and assessment. Before her work at Fordham, she held positions at Manhattan College in fundraising and in counseling and career services.
A Manhattan resident, Meola holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from Fordham University.
Thinkers and achievers. Said Pace’s President, Stephen J. Friedman, “Christine Meola comes to Pace as increasing energy and commitment have turned around our enrollment and improved our financial stability and academic programs. She is a superb leader and seasoned fundraiser who will expand our fundraising program and our base of support, providing Pace with the resources we need to keep graduating thinkers and achievers who will be leaders in their chosen professions.”
Meola noted, “Pace is on an exciting trajectory. It has a history of providing opportunities that significantly raise students’ prospects, and many of its graduates are very successful and deeply value the contribution that Pace made to their careers. I look forward to engaging alumni and friends more fully in the life of the University, and to securing their support to provide scholarships, enhance facilities and strengthen the faculty. Together, we will improve even further Pace’s ability to transform the lives and realize the ambitions of new generations of students.”
For 103 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu