Manon L. O’Connor has been appointed senior director of development at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, where she will lead development efforts to advance philanthropic priorities for the college.
O’Connor comes to the UA with more than 15 years of development experience and expertise and is noted for establishing and cultivating strong, valuable relationships with donors, alumni and faculty.
She previously was at the University of Vermont (UVM), where she served in several key development roles, most recently as senior director of development for the UVM Cancer Center. Prior to that, she served as the senior director for major gifts at the UVM College of Medicine and is credited with securing transformational gifts that launched several key programs, including the UVM Center on Aging, the Clinical Simulation Laboratory and numerous endowed faculty positions. O’Connor also served as interim director of development for Fletcher Allen Health Care, now the University of Vermont Medical Center.
Prior to her development career, O’Connor was co-owner and operator of two successful restaurants in Burlington, Vt., and was a highly respected community leader and entrepreneur, serving on several boards, including the Chittenden County Transportation Authority, Burlington Business Association, the Cancer Patient Support Program, the Greater Burlington YMCA and the Lund Family Center. O’Connor is a graduate of Champlain College in Burlington, Vt.
“The UA is focused on recruiting the best talent in the field for development efforts, and Manon is an excellent example of the caliber of team member we need in the University Development Program. I’m confident her expertise will make an immediate impact for the UA College of Medicine – Tucson,” says JP Roczniak, president and CEO of the UA Foundation.
About the UA College of Medicine – Tucson
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is celebrating 50 years of innovation and advancing health and wellness through state-of-the-art medical education programs, groundbreaking research, and advancements in patient care in Arizona and across the United States. Founded in 1967, the College ranks among the top medical schools in the nation for research and primary care and is leading the way in academic medicine through its partnership with Banner – University Medicine, a new division of one of the largest nonprofit health-care systems in the country. For more information, please visit medicine.arizona.edu