Kenneth Manotti Appointed Head of Development at NYU


NYU President Andrew Hamilton today named Kenneth Manotti as NYU’s Sr. Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations. He will take up his duties beginning in late August.

Kenneth Manotti
Kenneth Manotti (Photo credit: University of Chicago)

Since 2012, Manotti has been the University of Chicago’s Vice President of Alumni Relations and Development.  A cum laude graduate of Dickinson College, Manotti has 30 years of experience in alumni relations and philanthropy, including posts at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and American University in Cairo prior to coming to the University of Chicago.  Notably, during his leadership of the development office at the University of Chicago, the university recorded its four most successful years for fundraising, with substantial increases in annual fundraising and principal gifts. 

NYU, which is expected to raise more than $600 million this year, is in the first rank of U.S. in terms of very large gifts, with 11 nine-figure gifts.  NYU’s principal fundraising focus is scholarship aid and affordability; the University’s Momentum Campaign to raise $1 billion for scholarship aid is more than ¾ of the way to its goal.

Dr. Hamilton said, “One of NYU’s great and distinguishing attributes is its ability to turn ambitious visions into reality. Those successes are owed, in no small part, to our enviable track record of enlisting donors who are as excited and sure about NYU’s future as we are.  For that reason, the role of chief fundraiser is among the most important assignments in NYU’s leadership team.

“So I am delighted to announce the appointment of Kenneth Manotti as NYU’s new Sr. Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations.  In him, we have found just the right person to translate our aspirations into reality.”

Manotti succeeds Debra LaMorte, who effectively and devotedly led the University’s development efforts since 2002, raising approximately $7 billion.

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