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Marc D. Collazzo, Esq. Appointed as the Executive Director for Advancement and Engagement

 
Pope John Paul II High School is pleased to announce the appointment of Marc D. Collazzo, Esq. as the new Executive Director for Advancement and Engagement at PJP effective July 24th.

Mr. Collazzo will lead the Office of Advancement and Engagement, an office that President Bozzone created in an effort to cultivate personal relationships while maximizing fundraising and recruitment efforts for PJP.

“The mission of this new department model aims to partner together critical functions of our Catholic school that will provide opportunities for strategic efforts related to recruiting students, raising funds for scholarships and tuition assistance, capital improvements and supplementing the school’s operating budget,” said President Bozzone.

The department consists of a dynamic professional staff comprised of: Executive Director of Advancement and Engagement (Marc Collazzo, Esq.), Director of Alumni Relations and Engagement (Mr. Michael Duffy), Director of Admissions and Retention (Mrs. Bonnie Delciotto), Assistant Director (Ms. Molly McNair) and Bursar (Mrs. Lisa Gaynor, who formerly held the title of “Tuition Officer”).

As a collaborative team, the department will manage the following key essential areas: admissions, financial aid, scholarships, fundraising, grant proposals, tuition collection, Scrip program, reunions, school communications and special event programs for new students and alumni.

The Director of Marketing and Communications, Ms. Meghan Callen, and the Executive Assistant of Operations, Mrs. Linda Moffett, will function in a dual capacity within the Office of the President and the newly created Department of Advancement and Engagement.

Mr. Collazzo has supervised a staff of nine, and he raised funds on a variety of levels. He has excellent connections in the private, public and political areas, and is well versed in EITC/OSTC opportunities. Mr. Collazzo has a passion for Catholic education, and he brings a gregarious, charismatic and genuine demeanor to the PJP team. He has innovative ideas that will certainly grow the PJP advancement program.

A lifelong Pennsylvanian, Mr. Collazzo is a 1986 graduate of George Washington High School. He received his bachelor's degree in political science from Temple University in 1990, as well as earned a degree of Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law 1993. While attending Temple University, he served as a District Aide to then PA State Rep, George T. Kenney, Jr. (170th Legislative District) where he provided countless hours to find opportunities for local youth to learn and thrive. In 2010, he ran for the PA General Assembly. Although he lost that election, he viewed the experience as enriching because he was able to knock on the doors of more than 10,000 residents and speak at numerous community meetings and campaign forums to discuss ways to improve the Commonwealth.

After serving a judicial clerkship with United States Magistrate Judge Thomas J. Rueter, Mr. Collazzo found it important to use his legal training to help the family unit. He worked in the private sector until 2009, where he handled complex civil and matrimonial matters. His passion to help others was never more evident than when he took on a case to help elderly grandparents in the City of Philadelphia, when the Department of Human Services removed their grandson from their care for being "too old". This case earned local, state and national media attention, including the appearances on Michael Smerconish's syndicated radio program and Good Morning America. From this experience, Mr. Collazzo re-entered public service in 2009 when he became the Policy Analyst for former City Councilman At Large, Frank Rizzo, before joining the PA House of Representatives in 2011 as the Chief of Staff for PA State Representative, John J. Taylor (177th Legislative District).

Pope John Paul II once said, “The greatest test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being.” Public service and civic engagement have been Mr. Collazzo's passions since he was a boy.
 
“I have spent a lifetime working to help improve the lives of my City and Commonwealth," said Mr. Collazzo. "I have pride in using the words of Pope John Paul II by measuring my success and value by the way I have served and treated others. As the proud father of a 13-year-old son, Jarett, I know the most important resource is our children, and there is no better academic institution to do that then Pope John Paul II High School. Now, more than ever, providing access to a faith, holistic-based school that recognizes and respects the cultural diversity of our society is critical for our families. Preparing our kids with means to academic excellence, the gospel and success in life is my mission, and there is no greater, or more noble, purpose. My private and public sector experience, which includes board memberships with the Mayfair Community Development Corporation (CDC), and St. Hubert’s High School for Girls, has prepared me to help grow PJP, and provide all of our children the chance to have the unique ‘Golden Panther’ experience that they will carry with them for ‘Today, Tomorrow and Forever’. A wonderful journey awaits for all of us, and let us not forget his words, 'Let us remember the past with gratitude, live the present with enthusiasm and look forward to the future with confidence.'"
 
We warmly welcome Mr. Collazzo to the Office of Advancement and Engagement and to the PJP family. Starting on July 24th, Mr. Collazzo can be reached at mcollazzo@pjphs.org and 484.975.6500 ext. 3006.