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Mark Andrews

Born and raised in Rochester, NY I was in Catholic Schooling my entire life from grammar school to college. I went to Bishop Kearney High School and then to Iona College where I was a Resident Assistant and Residence Hall Director obtaining my Bachelor’s in Journalism and Masters degree in Public Relations/Corporate Communications. I started my development career working for the Archdiocese of New York raising annual funds for the Annual Cardinal’s Appeal. I continued development work and began alumni relations at the Academy of Mount St. Ursula, an all girls high school run by the Ursuline Sisters in the Bronx. The last nine years I have been at St. John’s University beginning in the Annual Fund and now as Director, Alumni Relations. Great years in my life. I currently live in Bayside, Queens with my beautiful and supportive wife Laura, a St. John’s alumna and also SJU employee. I like movies, watching sports, history, the different seasons, a nice walk, spending time with my wife, playing with our cat Montague, and a good laugh.

Why St. John's?

St. John’s is more than just where I work, but what I do. I am extremely proud to have my position and meet wonderful people on and off campus. St. John’s is New York, it’s national and increasingly global. Approaching 150 years, the tradition, history and accomplishments make it a special place, but the mission sets SJU apart. As students, alumni, faculty, staff, and administrators we must live up to a high standard and be living examples of that mission every day in how we go about our business, interact with people and serve others.

Why VMI?

I was extremely humbled to have been approached and knew it was an opportunity that I could not afford to pass up. As a representative of St. John’s I need to be fully educated on the Vincentian mission, it’s roots and how we can sustain now for the St. John’s Family and continue to foster in the years ahead. I was fortunate enough to participate in the Vincentian Mission Certificate program and I see this as an extension of that. I interact with various constituencies on a daily basis with a primary focus on engaging our alumni who received a great academic education, but also learned the importance of service. I just hope I can give back as much as I receive through the VMI.