USF Health names Jo-Ann Alessandrini to lead development, alumni relations

Tampa, FL (Oct. 17, 2016) — Jo-Ann Alessandrini has been named associate vice president for USF Health Development and Alumni Relations, charged with leading the fundraising and alumni programs for the health colleges, schools and institutes at the University of South Florida.

A veteran fundraiser, Alessandrini served USF for 23 years of unprecedented growth, rising through a variety of development positions throughout the university system. In 2008, she was recruited by Worcester Polytechnic Institute to lead its $200 million campaign, exceeding its goal by raising a total of $248.5 million.

“It is a special pleasure to welcome back such a deserving candidate to USF,” said Charles Lockwood, MD, senior vice president of USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine. “We are especially excited to have Jo-Ann’s leadership as we work together to raise the remaining funds to expand the Morsani College of Medicine and USF Health Heart Institute into downtown Tampa.”


Jo-Ann Alessandrini

Alessandrini holds a master’s degree in public relations from USF and a bachelor’s degree in English from Notre Dame College, N.H. She has volunteered in several professional and educational organizations throughout her career, and received the USF School of Mass Communications Outstanding Alumna Award in 1998.

“Jo-Ann is an effective mentor, profusely successful fundraiser, and a calm steady hand,” said Steve Blair, vice president of development for the USF Foundation. “Everyone is thrilled to have her back as a senior member of the USF Foundation and USF Health management teams.”

“Our community of physicians, researchers, clinicians, educators and supporters has positioned USF as an innovator and leader in 21st century health care,” Alessandrini said. “It’s a privilege to serve USF’s expanding network of alumni, philanthropists and community advocates to continue making USF a university of choice for our students, faculty, staff and others who seek a better life through higher education and advanced health care.”

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USF Health’s mission is to envision and implement the future of health. It is the partnership of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the College of Public Health, the College of Pharmacy, the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, the Biomedical Sciences Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs, and the USF Physicians Group. USF Health is an integral part of the University of South Florida, a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. For more information, visit

Media contact:
Davina Gould, 813-974-6071,
USF Health Development and Alumni Relations