John-Paul Roczniak was named president and CEO of the University of Arizona Foundation in 2016, following nine years of service to the organization. In his previous role as senior vice president of principal giving and planned gifts, Roczniak built relationships with top donors and played a pivotal role in the successful launch of the $1.5B Arizona NOW campaign, the largest in the history of the University.
Roczniak’s 20-year career in higher education fundraising began at the University of Connecticut Foundation. He then spent three and a half years in development at the UA’s Eller College of Management before moving to the William E. Simon Graduate School of Management at the University of Rochester in New York. In 2007, Roczniak returned to the UA to advance the institution through progressively responsible principal giving positions at the Foundation.
Roczniak earned a Bachelor of Arts from Central Connecticut State University, is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has been active with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) since 1997. He and his wife Christine have two dogs, Riley and Gracie.