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John Bernat
John Bernat

John Bernat

John serves as the Associate Vice President for Advancement, leading all front-line fundraising to advance the Ursinus mission. This includes major gifts, principal gifts, planned giving, corporate engagement, and foundation relations.


John has spent the last 15 years working in higher education. Most recently, he spent four years as the Director of Major Gifts for the Haub School of Business at St. Joseph’s University, leading fundraising strategy in partnership with the Dean. Prior to Saint Joe’s, John spent 11 years at Drexel University. As Executive Director of Development, John developed strategy and secured philanthropic resources to support the University’s historic $750 million campaign. Other roles at Drexel included experience in Enrollment Management, Alumni Relations, and Annual Giving.

John resides in Collegeville, PA, with his wife Nicole, and their two children Sienna and Bradley. John enjoys spending time with his family, staying active, Philadelphia sports, and the shore.


  • B.S. Business Management & Marketing – Albright College
  • M.S. Sports Management – Drexel University
  • M.B.A. Leadership – Saint Joseph’s University