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Noel Vella

Executive Director of Advancement


Noel Vella

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  • B.S., Corpus Christi State University, 1982
  • M.B.A., Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 1998


Noel joins the St. Mary’s University advancement team as Executive Director for Law School Advancement. He brings with him more than 20 years of senior-level advancement experience, including serving as the Director of Development at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Director of Leadership Gifts at Texas Lutheran University.

Most recently, Noel was Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Texas Lutheran, where he led a team of gift officers and managed the planned giving marketing efforts. During his tenure at Texas Lutheran, Noel was a key part of the university’s 75 million dollar capital campaign, completing the campaign early and above goal.

Noel graduated from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 1998 with a Master’s in Business Administration degree. He is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and is a member of and current board president for the Planned Giving Council of San Antonio.

Noel is married to Nilda, a 30+ year educator and currently the District Science Coordinator with Seguin ISD. Noel and Nilda have two adult children, Matthew, a graduate of Texas A&M-CC and, Natalie, a graduate of Texas Lutheran University. Away from work, Noel enjoys working out and playing golf.