Appointments, Dental Foundation, Faculty and Staff

Bonvechio Begins as New Regional Director of Development

Earlier this month, John Bonvechio joined the School of Dentistry Office of Advancement as its newest regional director of development.

“I feel fortunate to be working on this team,” said Bonvechio. “Carolina and the School of Dentistry have truly exceeded my highest expectations. My fiancée, Erin, and I are also thrilled to be living in North Carolina.”

As regional director of development, Bonvechio is responsible for major gifts fundraising in western North Carolina. He will work closely with the rest of the Office of Advancement and the Dean’s Office to elevate engagement of alumni and friends of the school. Sarah Huppert, regional director of development, will continue her work with alumni in the eastern part of the state, and Paul Gardner, associate dean for advancement, will continue his work with the school’s principal gifts donors and out-of-state alumni.

“We’re delighted that John has joined us,” said Gardner. “He did some excellent work at the University of Maryland, working his way up from a graduate assistant position to an important role working with leadership donors for Maryland’s annual fund. He is enthusiastic about coming to the UNC School of Dentistry, and our alumni and friends will enjoy working with him.”

Bonvechio earned his Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from The Ohio State University in 2011, and his master’s in higher education and higher education administration in 2014 from the University of Maryland. Most recently he served as the assistant director of leadership annual giving at the University of Maryland, where he worked with alumni across Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.