Debra A. LaMorte has served as Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs since 2001.
LaMorte is responsible for coordinating all fundraising initiatives for the University and for delivering the philanthropic resources required for NYU to meet its academic and programmatic goals for students and faculty. She is also responsible for creating the necessary programs and infrastructure to engage alumni, parents, and friends and to keep them connected to NYU as they pursue their lifelong careers.
In 2004, LaMorte, with NYU President John Sexton, launched a $2.5 billion fundraising campaign to support financial aid, recruit new faculty, expand academic programs, and develop facilities.
LaMorte first joined the University in 1990 when she was named Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the NYU School of Law. In 1991, she was promoted to Senior Director of Development. From 1992-2001, she served as Associate Dean of External Affairs. A major accomplishment was the completion of the Law School's $185 million campaign---at that time, the largest campaign in the history of legal education.
From 1984-1989, LaMorte served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Computer Doctor Inc. From 1979-1984, she practiced law in Cincinnati, OH.
LaMorte received her B.A. (1975) from Antioch College and her J.D. (1979) from Salmon P. Chase College of Law.