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UHV hires senior director of university advancement

May 15, 2010 at 12:15 a.m.


Zafereo's bio

Zafereo, a certified public accountant, grew up in Victoria and worked at Bumgardner, Morrison and Co. CPAs before becoming the accountant, office manager and controller for Victoria resident Patrick Welder Jr. for 22 years.

He was the director of research for the Texas House Committee on Higher Education when it was chaired in 2004 by Rep. Geanie Morrison before taking his job at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

He previously served on the St. Joseph Schools Board of Directors, the DeTar Healthcare System Board of Trustees, and The Victoria College Foundation and Board of Trustees.

The University of Houston-Victoria hired a native Victorian who worked for the last five years in Austin at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Mark Zafereo, the assistant director of external relations for the Coordinating Board, was the university's senior director of university advancement. He will start work in Victoria on June 1.

"Mark will bring his expertise to help support the university's advancement goals in development, alumni relations, constituent relations, community engagement, strategic planning and other areas," UHV President Tim Hudson said. "He has extensive knowledge about higher education at the state level and right here in Victoria."

Zafereo, a certified public accountant, says he's excited to return to Victoria where he has several friends and associates.

"Victoria is fortunate to be home to so many people who are supportive of higher education," he said. "I will be a strong advocate for UHV's drive to become a destination university because it is so important to the future of our city, county and state."

In his current role at the Coordinating Board, Zafereo manages strategic interaction between the board and commissioner with institutions, business leaders and legislators on higher education issues, and coordinates agency interaction at the federal level. He also works with the business community and legislature to develop collaborative strategies for meeting the state's Closing the Gaps initiative, an effort to increase student participation, student success, excellence and research at state public universities by 2015.

"Mark is a great champion of and spokesperson for higher education who will work tirelessly on behalf of UHV. The Coordinating Board's loss is UHV's gain," said Raymund Paredes, commissioner of higher education for the Coordinating Board.

Zafereo will work to help UHV advance its mission of becoming a destination university.

"Education positively changes lives," he said. "This is a continuing passion of mine."

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Amy Mundy, UHV's director of annual giving, will become the director of corporate and foundation relations to better reflect her role at the university.

Mundy said she looks forward to working with Zafereo in her new capacity at the university.

"I have enjoyed working with the community, local businesses and foundations," she said. "I look forward to expanding those relations as director of corporate and foundation relations and strengthening the Office of University Advancement under Mark's direction."

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