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University of Denver Fundraising Expert to be New Vice President for Development at SMCM

Maureen Silva Joins New College President Joseph Urgo July 1
June 22, 2010
Press Release #10-130


Maureen Silva, who has extensive experience in the educational development field that includes fundraising, alumni relations, and campaign marketing, will be the new vice president for development for St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM). Both Silva and the college's new president, Joseph Urgo, begin July 1.

Silva replaces Torre Meringolo, who went to the University of Mary Washington. Silva most recently served as the associate vice chancellor and campaign director for the University of Denver's $600 million comprehensive campaign. Prior to joining DU, she served at the Colorado School of Mines for 10 years, lastly as the associate vice president and assistant campaign director for the university's $125 million comprehensive campaign.

"Given St. Mary's reputation for quality liberal arts education and its commitment to diversity and access," said Silva, "it is a great honor for me to be named the vice president for development. I look forward to joining the St. Mary's community and President Joe Urgo as we seek to sustain and enhance the college's academic excellence."

Silva will receive her Ph.D. this August from the University of Denver.  She received a master's degree in nonprofit management from Regis University in 2004 and a bachelor of science degree in business communication from Florida Institute of Technology in 1986.

"Maureen will bring to St. Mary's a wealth of knowledge and experience," said Urgo. "She has a 22-year career in the development field, and has worked closely with volunteers at the board and committee levels, helping to expand institutions' capacity for engaging individuals and organizations in campus life."

St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college.

More than 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest four-year graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2010 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Team champions.

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