NDPMA names development veteran to lead school advancement activities

Mark Roberts will serve as vice president for institutional advancement and oversee the NDPMA's admissions, alumni relations, fundraising and marketing.

Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy has named Mark Roberts to the newly created position of vice president for institutional advancement, effective August 20, 2018. The announcement was made by NDPMA Head of School Andy Guest, who said Roberts' responsibilities will include oversight of Notre Dame's admissions, alumni relations, fundraising and marketing activities, now combined into one department. 

Guest also said that Roberts brings a wealth of experience to NDPMA.

"Mark has the tools to lead our advancement team into the future," he said. "He has nearly 20 years of professional advancement experience and even though our current campaigns that led to two new athletic fields and a new science, arts and technology addition are nearly complete, there are many more expansion plans ahead for us. I have every confidence that Mark can help strengthen an already very successful advancement department for an exciting future." 

Roberts comes to NDPMA from the Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation, based in Detroit, where he was senior director, resource development. In that position, he was responsible for new membership revenue as well as new gifts and pledges from corporations and foundations. Prior to this, he was senior director of development from 2012 to 2016 at Wayne State University's College of Engineering where among other major development initiatives, he planned and executed a $40-million capital campaign, introduced a leadership annual giving society and redesigned the school's alumni model that resulted in enhanced alumni volunteer activities and increased alumni-student interaction.

Before Wayne State University, Roberts served in development positions of increasing responsibilities at the University of Michigan, The Catholic University of America, George Washington University, both in Washington, DC, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., where he was the director of annual giving. He began his career as assistant development director at VCU's Massey Cancer Center. 

He graduated from The College of William and Mary in Virginia with a BA degree and also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Wayne State University.

Roberts said he is looking forward to working within the school community at NDPMA, which currently is enjoying a number of key achievements, including being named Michigan's top Catholic high school for the third time in four years, a major building expansion and an incoming freshman class larger than last year's 9th-grade fall enrollment.

“Everywhere you look," he said, "you see example after example of our Mother Mary’s gentle hand in shaping this remarkable community.”

“It will be a privilege to work with Andy and the Board of Trustees to bring the March on to Victory campaign to a successful conclusion this winter,” he said. “The science, art and technology wing is the most recent accomplishment identified in the school’s strategic plan. We have several more initiatives in mind that will benefit our students and families for years to come.”

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. The school's upper division enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower divisions enroll students in jr. kindergarten through grade eight. All three divisions are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at www.ndpma.org