Villanova University Names Stephanie Cook Director of Major Giving for New York

Cook to oversee operation of Villanova’s dedicated regional advancement office in New York City

Villanova, Pa.—Villanova University has announced the appointment of Stephanie Cook as the new director of major giving for New York. Cook will oversee the operation of Villanova’s first dedicated regional advancement office located at 245 Park Avenue in New York City. Under Cook’s direction, this new office will allow Villanova to more broadly engage its large number of constituents in the New York metro area.

Cook brings a wealth of experience in higher education and nonprofit development to her new role. Prior to accepting the position with Villanova, she was the director of individual giving for the arts at Columbia University, where she also had served as associate director for major gifts and a development officer.

Before joining Columbia, Cook was a development officer with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Central Park Conservancy in New York. She has been a guest lecturer and panelist for Columbia’s Fundraising Management Graduate Program, serves as the fundraising advisor to the board of directors for the Riverside Choral Society, and is a committee member for the Bloomingdale School of Music and the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem. Cook received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Kentucky and an M.S. in Fundraising and Nonprofit Management from Columbia.

“Stephanie and our New York office will provide a direct link from our campus to midtown Manhattan and beyond. Having a physical presence there will enable our alumni, parents, and corporate partners to increase their involvement and support; thereby helping us to realize the goals of the Villanova Strategic Plan,” said Michael J. O’Neill, Vice President for University Advancement.

In 2010, Villanova University launched a new strategic plan, Igniting the Heart. Inspiring the Mind. Illuminating the Spirit., to support its mission through the next decade. At the core of the University’s vision for the future is the Villanova promise: academic excellence, strong community, service to others, personal attention, and a foundation for success.  This Strategic Plan is the blueprint for Villanova University moving forward and is integral to all aspects of the institution, including its advancement efforts.

Villanova University, a co-educational Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Order of Saint Augustine in 1842. A premier institution of higher education, Villanova provides a comprehensive education rooted in the liberal arts; a shared commitment to the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity and love; and a community dedicated to service to others. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered through the University’s four colleges: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering and the College of Nursing, as well as the Villanova School of Law. With a total enrollment that surpasses 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students, Villanova is the oldest and largest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.