Vice President for Advancement & External Affairs Honored as Outstanding Fundraiser

Jersey City, N.J. – June 2, 2014 – Saint Peter’s University today announced that Michael A. Fazio, vice president for advancement and external affairs, is the recipient of the Robert J. Smythe Award for Outstanding Professional Fundraiser. Fazio was presented with the award during the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) New Jersey Chapter Excellence in Philanthropy 33rd Annual Award Luncheon at the Pines Manor in Edison, N.J. on May 16.  He was nominated by Graham-Pelton Consulting, Inc., a non-profit consulting firm.

“In 2011, Saint Peter’s launched the largest capital campaign in the University’s history and we are currently closing in on meeting our $62 million goal,” said Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D., president of Saint Peter’s University. “More than half of all the philanthropy Saint Peter’s ever received has been secured on Mike’s watch and we would not be so close to celebrating this momentous accomplishment without his leadership. Mike’s record of excellence in his field is certainly worthy of recognition.”

Fazio has served Saint Peter’s as the vice president for advancement and external affairs since 2007. He is responsible for leading the University’s fundraising, alumni engagement and communications units. In addition, he is also charged with external affairs, including community relations and certain business development initiatives. He began his career in advancement at Fordham University, where he also received both his B.A. and M.B.A. He then transitioned to consulting where he advised clients from all sectors on fundraising strategy and execution.

“I have often looked to the AFP New Jersey Chapter as a leader and a source for guidance in the industry,” said Fazio. “I am incredibly humbled to be recognized by this respected organization and am honored to be cited for my work at such an incredible institution, Saint Peter’s University.  I am blessed with an incredible team.  Any credit I receive is a direct reflection of their hard work and dedication.”

Since 1981, AFP-NJ’s Excellence in Philanthropy Awards have recognized the achievements of some of the most notable citizens and organizations in the state who have dedicated their efforts toward making New Jersey a better place to live through the dedication of their resources, time and talent.

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