Mr. Manfra led the university’s alumni engagement for four years.
Matt Manfra, the George Washington University’s senior associate vice president for alumni relations and annual giving, has been named vice president for institutional advancement at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J. His last day at GW is Feb. 1.
Since joining GW in 2015, Mr. Manfra has led the university’s efforts to strengthen and promote an invested alumni community that inspires lifelong loyalty and advances GW, and he has overseen the Annual Giving and Leadership Annual Giving operations.
He worked with colleagues to create the alumni industry networks, merged alumni and parents weekends into Colonials Weekend and founded GW’s Alumni Relations Council.
From 2017 to 2018, Mr. Manfra also served as interim vice president for development and alumni relations (DAR), leading the organization during the final months of GW’s Making History campaign.
“We all wish Matt much success in his new role,” said Donna Arbide, vice president for DAR. “GW will be forever grateful for his leadership, especially during the time of transition where he served as interim vice president and successfully brought GW’s Making History campaign to its conclusion.”
The new role provides an opportunity for Mr. Manfra to return to his native state, where he attended college and worked earlier in his career.
“GW is an amazing place, and I’ve been fortunate to have many only-at-GW moments during my tenure here,” Mr. Manfra said.
Previously, Mr. Manfra led the offices of annual giving and alumni relations at Syracuse University. He also served as assistant vice president for alumni relations at the University of Northern Colorado and as director of regional clubs and director of outreach programs at Rutgers University.