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Villanova Alumnus Named Chairman of National Italian American Foundation

Villanova Alumnus Named Chairman of National Italian American Foundation

Villanova, PA, March 21, 2013 – The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) has announced that Joseph V. Del Raso ’74 VSB has been elected chairman for a four- year term, 2013-2017.

Del Raso has been a member of the NIAF Board of Directors since 1989 and served as general counsel of NIAF from 1999 through 2005. He also served as executive vice president from 2005 to 2009 and was NIAF’s most recent president from 2009 to 2013. 

“I am gratified by the confidence the board has bestowed upon me with this election,” said Del Raso. “I am humbled by those chairs who have preceded me and look forward to working with this dynamic board in furthering the success achieved by our prior leadership.”

Del Raso is joined by four vice chairs: Gabriel A. Battista, former executive chairman of Talk America; Louis J. Freeh, former FBI director and chair of Pepper Hamilton LLP; Patricia de Stacy Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation of Public Broadcasting; and Salvatore M. Salibello, assurance partner at BDO USA LLP.

Del Raso serves as the Executive Chairman of the Center for Marketing and Public Policy Research (CMPPR) at the Villanova School of Business (VSB). NIAF Board Members Salibello and Arthur J. Furia are also on the CMPPR Advisory Board at VSB. Mark Valente III, also a member of NIAF Board of Directors, serves as Vice Chairman of the CMPPR. NIAF Board Member Gerard LaRocca serves on VSB’s Dean’s Advisory Council, and Daniel DiLella, member of Villanova's Board of Trustees, is also on NIAF's Board of Directors.  

 “We are enormously proud and grateful for Chairman Del Raso’s leadership at Villanova and on the international stage,” said John Kozup, PhD, VSB marketing professor and director of the CMPPR. “Congratulations also to Mark, Gerard, Art, Gabe and Dan for their elections and a special thank you to all for their service to the University.”

The National Italian American Foundation ( is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting Italian American heritage and culture. Based in Washington, D.C., it is the major advocate for nearly 25 million Italian Americans, the nation’s fifth largest ethnic group. It was founded in 1975. 

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