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James DeCristo, Interim Chief Advancement Officer

Jim DeCristo was named Interim Chief Advancement Officer by Interim Chancellor James Moeser in March 2014.

DeCristo currently serves as co-chair of UNCSA’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee and as co-chair of UNCSA’s 50th Anniversary Committee.

He joined the North Carolina School of the Arts in March 2005 as Director of Economic Development and External Affairs.  His primary responsibilities include:

  • Federal, State, and Community Relations
  • Economic Development
  • Sponsored Programs and Research

Prior to joining the UNCSA, DeCristo was active in economic development as a technology development and commercialization specialist with the Small Business and Technology Development Center at Winston-Salem State University.  In this role he assisted research and development companies and university technology transfer offices in the development and commercialization of innovative technologies.  DeCristo has 15 years of engineering and manufacturing management experience including new product development, plant start-up, lean manufacturing, ISO 9000 registration, self-directed teams, ERP implementation and strategic planning. 

Other positions held include Plant Manager with Diebold Incorporated, Vice President of Operations with Acoustic Technology Incorporated and Manager of Manufacturing Engineering with General Electric Aircraft Instrument Department.

DeCristo holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

The Chief Advancement Officer oversees fund raising (development), communications and marketing, and alumni. The CAO is also the principle liaison to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Foundation, Inc., an independently governed nonprofit that invests and manages private gifts to UNCSA. The CAO coordinates communications regarding acceptance, investment, and use of private donations to UNCSA with the controller of the Foundation, who reports directly to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.




James DeCristo, Interim Chief Advancement Officer and Director for Economic Development & External Relations
Phone:  (336) 734-2862 and (336) 770-3329
Fax:  (336) 770-3375

Jose Pablo Salas Rojas, Executive Assistant to the Chief Advancement Officer
Phone: (336) 770-1427


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