Anthony A. D’Andrea
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Contact: Joe King, NIU Office of Public Affairs
January 10, 2007
Chicago — The Northern Illinois University College of Business announced today that it has named Anthony A. D’Andrea as director of development and senior gift and estate planning officer for the college.
D’Andrea brings to the job 16 years of experience in higher education development and promotion, including positions at the University of Chicago and Benedictine University. Most recently he served as vice president for institutional advancement at the Illinois College of Optometry where he quadrupled income from private giving and grants.
The first full-time development officer in the college for three years, D’Andrea is working to create a comprehensive advancement program that will establish strong ties with the business school’s 35,000 alumni and strengthen relationships with business and industrial leaders throughout the region. His long-term goal is to build the college’s endowment for student scholarships, faculty support and centers of excellence he says.
“At just over 40-years-old, the college has reached a certain level of maturity where an effort like this is not only appropriate and necessary, it can also be successful,” says D’Andrea. “Our graduates can be found in leadership positions throughout the country,” he says. “I am anxious to meet them, to learn about their successes and help them reconnect with the college.”
Getting to know those alumni will be a priority for D’Andrea in the months ahead. Another facet of his efforts will be strengthening the ties that the NIU College of Business has built with the business community over the years. “We have long-standing relationships with some of the top businesses in Chicagoland. They tell us again and again how much they value the talented, hard-working graduates from NIU, and I look forward to expanding partnerships with additional companies to ensure we can continue to produce such students.”
The college’s highly regarded programs makes developing such a partnership mutually beneficial says D’Andrea. Plans are underway to expand programs in areas such as entrepreneurship and international business.
“The NIU College of Business has many excellent programs and an outstanding reputation. We have quietly graduated thousands alumni who are making significant contributions in the workforce and in their communities. I look forward to meeting them and hearing about their NIU experience,” D’Andrea says.
D’Andrea is a native of Glen Ellyn and currently lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.
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