Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE), an economic-development organization dedicated to job creation in the Rochester Region, today announces that Mark Peterson, President of Bishop Kearney High School, has been named Managing Director, Investor Relations.
Peterson will depart Bishop Kearney on March 11, 2005 and begin his new position with GRE on March 14, 2005. In his new role, Mark will be responsible for design and execution of a long-term funding strategy to address marketing and business-development needs of the Rochester Region. He will also be responsible for engaging existing GRE investors in business-development initiatives and opportunities.
Peterson has served as President of Bishop Kearney since July 2000. In this position, he has overseen strategic planning, enrollment management, fundraising, business and facilities operations, public relations and marketing.
Bishop Kearney has flourished under Peterson's leadership. Student enrollment increased 25 percent during his tenure, and revenue from fundraising reached an all-time high. Most recently, the school and Peterson announced the second-largest gift in Kearney's 42-year history from the Theodore and Cashmere Mendick Foundation for the renovation of the new Mendick Media Arts Center.
Before joining Bishop Kearney, Peterson worked as Vice President for External Relations and Chief Operating Officer for Telecomp, Inc., a leading provider of fundraising outreach services for colleges and hospitals nationwide. Prior to that, he held a variety of senior-level management and consulting positions with leading non-profit organizations, including Hiram College in Ohio; the University of Michigan; the Art Institute of Chicago and the Guthrie Theatre.
During his career, Peterson has helped raise more than $100 million for non-profit organizations. He is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and received his Certified Fundraising Executive designation in 1992.
Peterson is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences, and is an associate faculty member in the Department of Public Administration at SUNY College at Brockport. He also is an active community volunteer, serving on several non-profit boards.
Peterson holds a bachelor's degree from St. John Fisher College and a master's degree in business administration from Kent State University. He resides in Webster with his wife, Kathleen, and their four daughters, Shannon, Megan, Erinn and Liann.
Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) is a public-private partnership established to professionally market the Rochester metropolitan region as a competitive, high-profile place for business location and growth. GRE will collaborate with business, academia, not-for-profit organizations and government to ensure a unified approach to regional economic development efforts.