University Advancement Welcomes New Development Officers

Montclair State University’s Division of University Advancement is pleased to welcome three the Division of University Advancement’s development and fundraising staff: new major gifts development officers. Joining the division on September 12 are Peggy Harris (who will be starting work on September 12); Anne Murray (who also will be joining the team on September 12); and Ely Santoni (who will be coming on board on September 26).

Peggy Harris will work alongside AVP Boyle and Dean Robert Prezant to raise funds for the development of the new Center for Environmental and Life Sciences building and other key initiatives of the College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM).

An experienced fund raiser, Harris was most recently the major gifts and planned giving officer for The Seeing Eye, Inc. of Morristown, New Jersey, where she was the sole major gifts and planned giving officer for the U.S. and Canada.  Prior to that, Harris was director of development for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) – School of Public Health, after having served in the same capacity with UMDNJ’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Harris is a graduate of Pomona College in California (BA) and Columbia University (MBA). She is a member of the New Jersey chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Partnership in Philanthropic Planning (formerly National Committee for Planned Giving) and the Gift Planning Council of New Jersey.

Anne Murray will work closely with AVP Boyle and Dean Brent Chrite of the School of Business (SBUS) to build an extensive development program and raise capital funds for the school’s planned new building.

Murray comes to Montclair State from E+Co, a Bloomfield-based company that makes clean energy investments in developing countries, where she was senior development officer. She was also the founder and CEO of A2M Consulting, an international marketing and communications consulting firm, and previously has held executive positions at MedReviews, LLC; the New York City Economic Development Corporation; HBO; McKinsey & Company; the NFL; the NBA; and CBS Television Network.

A graduate of Catholic University (BA) and Fordham University (MBA), Murray is a former board member of the New York City chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Ely Santoni will serve as the major gifts development officer for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and will work with AVP Boyle and Dean Marietta Morrissey to build a broader and deeper base of support for the college.

Santoni was most recently the leadership gifts officer for CARE, where she managed a national high net worth portfolio of donors and prospective donors.  Prior to that, she was vice president for philanthropy at Bon Secours New York Health System. Santoni was also director of major gifts for United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia and has held several other titles including director of development at Columbia University Medical Center.

A graduate of Columbia University (BA and MS), Santoni is a certified fundraising executive and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, and Women in Development.