With great enthusiasm, Joseph Gelchion, George Keegan and Lou, in partnership with Dean McGreevy and Dean Kilpatrick, announce the fourth and fifth Academic Advancement Program Directors – Maria Di Pasquale, College of Arts & Letters and Nathaniel Utz, College of Engineering.
OVERVIEW OF ACADEMIC ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM
The Academic Advancement Program Director will serve as a liaison between the respective college/school and the University’s Development department. The employee will also serve as a member of the Dean’s senior leadership team. The scope of this individual’s responsibilities includes working with the Dean to understand the priorities and needs for funding and subsequently educate Development employees on such items. These priorities will direct the capital, endowed, and special fundraising activities for the college / school. The source of such funds should include individuals, planned giving prospects, corporations, foundations, and governmental support.
Maria Di Pasquale, College of Arts & Letters
Maria Di Pasquale has joined the Corporate and Foundation Relations team as Academic Advancement Director for the College of Arts & Letters.
Maria is a 1990 ND Grad and additionally holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Texas Austin. Maria has taught classes at George Washington and UCLA as well as built educational programs for the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. She previously founded and expanded her own company, Illuminating Art Experiences, since 2007. This company is the provider of expert introduction to the world of the visuals arts through private, personal museum tours, customized lectures, and guided art historical travel.
Maria’s husband, Arnie Phifer, is the External Relations Program Director for AD&T and NDNano. Maria and Arnie live in Granger with their two children Lucrezia and Elena.
Nathaniel Utz, College of Engineering
Nathan Utz has joined the Corporate and foundation Relations team as Academic Advancement Director for the College of Engineering.
Nathan is a 1996 ND Graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering along with holding a Professional Engineering degree. Prior to his employment at Notre Dame, Nathan was part‐owner of a private engineering/architectural consulting firm MCDONOUGH ASSOCIATES INC. in Chicago responsible for business development, fundraising, client relations, networking and public presentations to promote company business. Nathan’s experience in managing all aspects of multi‐million dollar engineering projects, including written proposals, funding agreements, personnel decisions, engineering alternatives, financial analysis, budget projections, project coordination and final project delivery give him the ability to hit the ground running for the Dean Peter Kilpatrick’s priorities.
Nathan and his wife Laura recently relocated to South Bend with their 3 children Carter (5), Paxton (2), and Riley (1).
Please join Joe, George and Lou in welcoming Maria and Nathan to our team.