Amesbury resident named associate vice president for institutional advancement

Rich Napolitano

Salem State University announced today the appointment of Amesbury resident Richard Napolitano to the position of associate vice president for institutional advancement. Napolitano comes to the university from Newburyport’s Anna Jaques Hospital, where he most recently served as vice president and executive director of the Community Health Foundation. Previously, he held alumni, fundraising and development positions at Boston Latin School, The Lawrence Academy and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

In announcing Napolitano’s appointment, Vice President of Institutional Advancement Cynthia McGurren noted that, “Rich Napolitano is joining Salem State at a very critical juncture in its long and distinguished history.  As associate vice president, he will oversee a staff that includes major gifts officers, the prospect management research team, advancement services, and the corporate/foundation relations staff, serving as the leader of the frontline of fundraisers for the university.

“Mr. Napolitano’s previous fundraising efforts, including his capital campaign and major and planned giving program experience, will enhance our advancement team as we make deeper inroads in connecting with so many enthusiastic alumni who wish to support the future of Salem State,” McGurren further explained.

A graduate of St. Michael’s College in Vermont, from which he also holds a master’s degree in administration, Napolitano has been active in a number of professional organizations, including the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Planned Giving Group of New England and the New England Association of Healthcare Philanthropy. A basketball aficionado, he is also a member of the College Basketball Officials Association and the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials.