John Prizner, III Recipient of 2019 Marilyn G.S. Watt Award

Congratulations to Communication Studies alumnus John Prizner, III (COM ’97), who is the latest recipient of the Marilyn G.S. Watt Award. The Marilyn G. S. Watt Award is awarded annually to a graduate of the Communication Studies Department based on four criteria, including career achievement, communication-related community involvement, professional commitment, and previous honors & awards. The award stands as a tribute to Dr. Watt and her sense of sharing and community. 

Prizner graduated from Canisius with degrees in Communication Studies and Sociology in 1997 and then went on to receive a masters degree in Public Relations at Syracuse University. He put these degrees to good use for The Buffalo Bills as a Marketing Partnerships and Public Relations Coordinator until 2002, where he serviced and executed more than 100 corporate marketing partnerships for the organization.

He then held Executive Leadership roles at organizations in North Royalton, Ohio and Rochester, New York until 2006 when he returned home to Canisius to serve as the Development Officer for the college.

During his four year tenure here, he managed a portfolio of 150 major gift and annual leadership donors and secured more than $1.25 million in support of the campaign, consistently exceeding established annual goals. When he left Canisius, he continued his fundraising work at the University at Buffalo’s School of Management, acting as the Assistant Dean and Director of Development until 2015.

He has now been at the University of Syracuse for four years, where he is currently employed as the Senior Principal Gifts Officer. During his time at Syracuse, he has consistently surpassed annual fundraising goals for the Whitman School of Management, raising more than $30 million from 2016-2018. 

Congratulations, John!