Salvatore “Torre” Meringolo began his role as vice president for Advancement and University Relations at the University of Mary Washington on August 1, 2009. Meringolo is responsible for the planning and direction of the university’s philanthropic initiatives, alumni affairs, and external relations and communication programs.
During his tenure at UMW, Meringolo has led the development and launch of the five year, $50 million Mary Washington First campaign. He also oversaw the reorganization within Alumni Relations, resulting in a series of regional networks across the country. Additionally, he has led the development of the university’s brand identity project.
Before coming to UMW, Meringolo had served as vice president for Development at St. Mary’s College since 1997, managing all aspects of external relations at the college, including fundraising, alumni relations, media relations, arts outreach, publications and events. Under his leadership, the college successfully completed the largest fundraising initiative in the institution’s history, the $40 million Heritage Campaign. Meringolo was co-developer of the $65 million Maryland Heritage Project, a partnership between Historic St. Mary’s City and St. Mary’s College.
Before his arrival at St. Mary’s, he served as the associate dean of the University Libraries at The Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State, he became actively involved in fundraising on behalf of the Libraries’ collections and programs.
He previously held positions at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Iona College.