Lamar University has named Juan Zabala executive director of the Lamar University Foundation, officials announced.
Zabala also serves as associate vice president of University Advancement, a position he assumed in July 2012 after serving in the role in an interim basis since September 2011. As executive director and associate vice president, he directs the activities of the foundation, public relations, integrated marketing, Web communications, alumni affairs and advancement services.
Zabala joined Lamar University as director of alumni affairs in January 2003 when Lamar created the Office of Alumni Affairs to expand upon the work of the former LU Alumni Association. Through the Office of Alumni Affairs, the institution works to engage alumni in all aspects of the life of the university. Supervision of the Advancement Services department was added to his portfolio in November 2007.
"Private philanthropy provides the funds necessary to attract and retain the finest students and faculty to Lamar, and provides much of the financial aid that many of our students need in order to reach their educational goals,” Zabala said. “The foundation serves to provide an avenue for private gifts to support all areas of Lamar University and its educational mission.”
By connecting alumni and friends to the University through stewardship, the foundation focuses on managing endowments and other private gifts, and raising funds, and distributing funds to Lamar University programs according to donor designations. Lamar University Foundation is a Texas corporation established under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code for educational or charitable purposes.
Prior to his appointment at Lamar University, Zabala served as assistant dean of the University of Texas School of Law.
Zabala has a Master of Business Administration from Lamar University as well as degrees from Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas, and Brigham Young University, Rexburg, Idaho. He has more than 25 years experience in administration, university development and alumni relations.