Onondaga Community College in New York names John Zacharek development vice president and director of OCC foundation

Onondaga Community College October 5, 2011
Onondaga Community College has named John Zacharek Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the OCC Foundation. In this role, Zacharek will lead Onondaga’s growing development efforts and further enhance the professional, community, and alumni relationships of the College.

“I’m pleased to welcome John to Onondaga Community College,” said Onondaga Community College President Debbie L. Sydow, Ph.D. “As we complete the $7.5 million Reach Beyond Capital Campaign, I’m confident that his impressive experience in fundraising and development will lead Onondaga into a new era of excellence in support of students and the community that we serve.”

Zacharek joins the College with more than 20 years of development, marketing and public relations experience. Most recently, he served as the vice president for external affairs at Upstate University Hospital at Community General and executive director for the Community General Foundation. Under Zacharek’s leadership, the foundation doubled its total philanthropic support in three years.

Prior to his position at Upstate University Hospital at Community General, Zacharek served as the assistant dean for advancement at Syracuse University’s College of Human Services and Health Professions. In this role, he directed the college’s development, alumni relations, and communications efforts, while leading all efforts to secure a record $7 million in new major gift support. Additionally, he served Upstate Medical University Foundation for a decade, most recently as director of corporate development and endowment campaigns. During this time, he was instrumental in establishing and completing the academic medical center's first capital campaign – an effort that raised $21.5 million in less than three years. Zacharek also functioned as the marketing and public relations manager at Oswego Hospital before his appointment to Upstate.
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