Joanne Ferchland-Parella, an experienced college administrator and fundraiser, has been named chief advancement officer, in charge of fund raising for Atherton's Menlo College.
Ms. Ferchland-Parella was most recently an associate vice president at San Diego State University where she managed a team of 42, including 14 development officers. Her team helped raise over $500 million for San Diego's comprehensive campaign, and the university's development program was twice given a national award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education during her tenure, according to an announcement from Menlo College.
Ms. Ferchland-Parella has also previously worked at Johns Hopkins, Mount Saint Mary's University, Villanova University, Gustavus Adolphus College, Bryant University, and University of Maryland. She has a bachelor's degree from Baltimore's Loyola University, a masters' degree from Johns Hopkins and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
Ms. Ferchland-Parella said she looks "forward to serving as a member of President Moran's leadership team."
"I have no doubt that alumni, parents, friends and community leaders will rally to support the president's vision with generous support," she said, citing the school's "unique approach to business education" which prepares students for success in both careers and personal lives.
The chief advancement officer is responsible for all aspects of individual and institutional fundraising, and for increasing alumni engagement and involvement with the college. Ms. Ferchland-Parella will work with alumni, parents, corporations, foundations, and other constituencies. She replaces John Ring.
"I look forward to working closely with Joanne as we build our fundraising capacity at Menlo College," said President Richard Moran.