Mike Pasquarella

Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations

Mike Pasquarella currently serves as Vice President of Institutional Advancement for Converse University. In this role, he serves staff with responsibilities for alumni engagement, communications, marketing, and philanthropy. He also serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the University.

He earned his Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1988, after receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Canisius College in 1986.

Mike began his career in earnest at Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in 1989, as director of residential life. Until his transfer to the JWU Denver Campus Opening Team in November 1999, he served the Providence campus as dean of students (and ice hockey coach from 1990-1995). It was in Denver that his career shifted to philanthropy. He served as dean of institutional advancement for Johnson & Wales University, Denver from 1999-2008, and was the staff lead for the Vision 2006 Campaign.

In 2008 he moved to serve as Vice President of Philanthropy of The Denver Hospice – overseeing a fundraising and resource development team that included annual giving, major gifts, donor relations, grant writing, planned giving, special events and volunteer engagement. He was the staff lead for the organization’s Caring for the Future Campaign from 2008-2013.

In 2015, Mike expanded his experience in healthcare philanthropy as an Assistant Vice Chancellor of Advancement for the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. He led six areas of impact for the Advancement Team; administrative support, strategic initiatives, faculty relations, staff recruitment and development, and oversight for a group of leadership, major and principal gifts officers.

Just prior to joining Converse, Mike served as an associate vice president of philanthropy and alumni relations for Kent State University. In this role, he served a variety of deans, philanthropic advisors, managers, and administrative staff responsible for philanthropic support.

He has previously served in various volunteer capacities for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and for youth athletics, veterans support, disaster relief, and church-based organizations. Mike is blessed with his wife Deb and three adult children, Michael, Molly and Mara.


  • Canisius College, Buffalo, New York, Bachelor of Arts (cum laude), History
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, Master of Science, Higher Education Administration