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Wednesday, June 13, 2001

"Mollica Named Advancement Vice President "

SALISBURY, MD -- Albert C. Mollica, for seven years the vice president for institutional advancement at Cabrini College near Philadelphia, is the new vice president of advancement at Salisbury State University.  He also will serve as executive director of the University's Foundation, overseeing assets of $36.4 million.  He assumes the positions July 16.

"Al Mollica was the first choice of the University Selection Committee," said SSU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach.  "He made a lasting impression with his preparation, management skills and fund-raising knowledge.  I think he will provide the leadership SSU's Advancement division needs to take it to even higher levels of excellence."  

"I was drawn to Salisbury because of its academic programs and outstanding academic reputation," said Mollica.  "Once I visited, and met with the President and others on campus, I understood why there is such momentum here."  

Mollica, 47, combines nearly a quarter-century of experience in non-profit and higher education fund raising with knowledge of the Eastern Shore.  From 1991-94 he was director of development at Delaware State University in Dover.  

From 1977-90 he worked in fund raising for non-profit agencies in Texas, including the American Diabetes Association, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Association for Retarded Citizens.  

During his tenure at Cabrini, a private, Roman Catholic college of some 2,000 students, Mollica raised over $11 million. He increased Cabrini's donor base by 62 percent, increased the number of $1,000 and over donors by 115 percent, and successfully completed three capital project campaigns of $2-4 million each.

At Delaware State he directed the annual fund, played a major role in a $10.1 million capital campaign, served as corporate and foundation grant writer, and coordinated the division’s computer operations system.

At Salisbury he will oversee an Advancement division which, besides the foundation, includes alumni relations, the annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, special gifts, public relations, publications, copy center, sports information, WSCL Public Radio and the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra.

Mollica earned his Master of Arts in education from Delaware State in 1994 and his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 1976. He and his wife Beth have three children, Lauren, 18, Julianna, 9, and Nicholas, 7.


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