Ken Manotti was appointed Senior Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development (UDAR) on August 28, 2017. As Senior Vice President for UDAR, Ken works closely with President Andrew Hamilton, the NYU Board of Trustees, and NYU’s academic and administrative leadership to create and execute the overall strategy for philanthropy and alumni engagement at the University.
Ken works in close partnership with each school's academic, development, and alumni relations leadership to identify interdisciplinary and University-wide priorities that will enable NYU to continue on its path of transformational giving from alumni, parents and friends. Ken also works closely with alumni volunteers to further enhance the alumni relations and broad-based giving programs across the University.
Ken has more than 30 years of experience in higher education advancement. Prior to joining NYU, he served as the University of Chicago's Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development overseeing a $5 billion campaign. Prior to the University of Chicago, Ken was the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the American University in Cairo (AUC). Ken also held the position of Associate Dean of External Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, where he directed the $550 million Wharton campaign, and from 1992 to 2000, Ken worked for Columbia University as Director of Leadership gifts and Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development.
Ken began his development career at the University of Pennsylvania, serving in various positions. He holds a B.A. degree in English and political science from Dickinson College.