Pontifical North American College has new executive director

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Mark Randall was appointed the new executive director for institutional advancement for the Pontifical North American College (PNAC) in Rome July 16.

Randall will oversee various operations of the PNAC in the United States.

"Mark brings an impressive background of business acumen, fundraising ability and passion for the Catholic Church," said Msgr. James Checchio, PNAC rector. "Given the recent growth of the North American College, we are in need of someone like Mark on our administrative team," he said, adding that this year's enrollment of 255 seminarians is the largest in many years.

Key initiatives for the executive director include the expansion of the advancement efforts within the United States for the PNAC, broadening the awareness of the college, and growing the endowment and planned gift programs. Randall will work directly with the board of governors, the council for institutional advancement and rector while supervising the PNAC staff based at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops headquarters in Washington.

Randall most recently served as vice president for institutional advancement at Wyoming Catholic College in Lander. During his tenure there he doubled the donor base, grew the annual fund by 108 percent in three years, and greatly expanded the marketing and communications strategies. Prior to that position he served in a similar capacity at the nation's largest Newman ministry, St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) where he led a capital campaign to fund part of a $30 million expansion and renovation of the Newman Center. Randall also previously started a development program at a new Catholic high school in Illinois and helped start two other for-profit businesses.

Randall holds a certified fundraising executive credential, has lectured on Catholic fundraising at national conferences and dioceses, and serves on several boards including the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.

Randall said he is excited to be working with the PNAC. "The North American College is an extraordinary institution, producing outstanding priests, bishops and cardinals" he said. "I am incredibly honored to have been asked to lead their efforts here in the U.S. and to strengthen the resources needed to fulfill their mission."

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2012