Executive Director of Development
Joe Scialabba, who can trace his connection with Juniata College from being a ball boy for the football team to working as sports information director to even coaching the women's basketball team for a few games, has returned to Juniata as its director of major gifts.
Scialabba, a 1986 Juniata graduate and a lifelong Huntingdon resident, oversees the college's major and planned giving programs while supervising the traveling development staff.
Scialabba came back to Juniata from Penn State University, where he was director of major gifts at the Smeal College of Business from 2011 to April 2014. He was part of a team that raised more than $40 million for the Smeal College in the final three years of the University's $2 billion "For the Future" campaign.
As a professional fundraiser, Scialabba has almost 20 years experience in higher education and nonprofit development. He served as vice president for institutional advancement at Mount Aloysius College from 2008 to 2010, where he managed a professional staff of eight and helped develop a college marketing plan.
Before returning to higher education, Scialabba spent a decade as director of development for the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown from 1998 to 2008. He managed a team that raised more than $2 million annually for the diocese and also served as executive director of the diocese's public charitable foundation, which provided nearly $500,000 per year in distribution to diocesan parishes, schools and ministries.
Aside from his experience as a ball boy, Scialabba started his career at Juniata as a student worker in the college's sports information office. After graduation he was hired as an enrollment counselor in 1986 and became sports information director in 1987. In 1995 he left the sports information office to start his fundraising career as annual giving manager and director of the J-Club. He was named director of annual giving and athletics development in 1996.
Although his career has taken him away from Juniata at times, he has remained active on campus. He helped establish the Juniata College Sports Hall of Fame and continues to serve on its oversight committee. He was interim head women's basketball coach in 1997 and was assistant men's basketball coach from 1985 to 1991. He also served as Juniata's golf coach from 1989 to 1994.
He earned a bachelor's degree in communications and English in 1986 and went on to earn a master's degree in nonprofit management in 2003 from Regis University in Denver, Colo.
He is an active community member and currently serves as a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association certified basketball and football official. He serves on the stewardship committee for the St. James Lutheran Church and has been on the Huntingdon Community Center advancement committee since 2013.