John is the lead officer for development and institutional advancement at UTSD. He is responsible for executing the Dean’s vision of philanthropy to support the missions of the school in research, clinical care, faculty support, and community outreach. Working with alumni and friends of the school, he helps cultivate major gift opportunities, acts as the liaison for the Dean with members of the school’s Advisory Council, and oversees the general operation of the office.
John is celebrating his twenty-fifth year in the field of development, with successful tours of duty with Rice University, the Leukemia Society of America, and CHRISTUS Foundation for Healthcare, all in Houston. The past seven years have been with the School of Dentistry, helping direct the Open to Health initiative in support of the school’s new facility. A graduate of Southern Methodist University with a degree in Broadcast-Fine Arts, John is a former radio broadcaster and lives in Bellaire with his wife, Shari, and their two dogs, Othello and Cookie.