Fardin Sanai

Vice President for University Development and Executive Director of The University at Albany Foundation

Fardin Sanai was appointed to the position of Vice President for University Development and Executive Director of The University at Albany Foundation in Fall 2007. Mr. Sanai is responsible for all fund raising, alumni affairs and foundation operations at the University.

Before joining the University at Albany, Fardin served as Senior Vice President for Development and Foundation Operations at Albany Medical Center where he oversaw fund raising for both the college and hospital. Through the implementation of his strategic initiatives, every function reported significant growth during his tenure. Fardin also served as secretary for the Albany Prize which is the largest prize in medicine in the United States.

Prior to Albany Medical Center, Fardin served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation at the State University of New York at Cobleskill. In this position he oversaw development, alumni relations, grants and sponsored programs, publications and public relations, and all aspects of foundation operations. In his last year, SUNY Cobleskill's fund raising program was recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education with the Wealth Engine Awards in both Overall Performance and Improvement.

Fardin began his fund raising career at Albany Law School where his responsibilities progressed from Gift Coordinator to Director of Institutional Affairs during his six-year tenure. He also spent two years as a fund raising consultant for Morin & Anderson, Inc. where his clients included the Albany Institute of History and Art and Double H Hole in the Woods.

A dedicated volunteer, Fardin has served on the boards of the Capital Region Chapter of the New York State Civil Liberties Union and the Nur University Foundation in Bolivia. He has also served on committees for the United Way of Northeastern New York and volunteered for WMHT, the local PBS affiliate in Albany.

Fardin received his B.S. from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He and his family reside in Albany.