Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Formerly Public Affairs and Development
In his more than 30 years of service to his alma mater,
John A. LaGuardia has worked in various areas of institutional advancement. He was appointed to his current post in 1997, and oversees the Alumni Association, Governmental Relations and the Department of Development, and University Communications and Marketing.
During his tenure, The University of Akron has consistently set annual fundraising records. As of May 31, 2014, more than $1.2 billion has been raised – surpassing a $1 billion goal – for scholarships, endowments, buildings and programs through the Accelerate campaign, which fully supports the University’s new gold standard of performance and strategic plan, Vision 2020.
LaGuardia earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University. He was associate director of alumni relations from 1971 to 1979, and director from 1979 to 1985. Following positions in the private sector, LaGuardia returned to UA in 1994 as executive director of the alumni association and executive director of governmental relations.