Cristina Necula named alumni relations director at Lehman College
August 23, 2010
Cristina Necula became Lehman's new director of alumni relations this month, succeeding Barbara Smith, who retired late last year. Necula was director of alumni affairs at her alma mater, Purchase College, SUNY, for four-and-a-half years before her appointment at Lehman. There, she organized local and regional alumni events and worked closely with the Alumni Board of Directors to establish a stronger alumni presence on campus, traveling and cultivating relationships with alumni across the country.
“Cristina Necula has proven to be a talented alumni director at Purchase,” said Vice President of Institutional Advancement Mario DellaPina. “I am very excited at the idea of working with her at Lehman to help increase alumni presence and develop strong ties between the College and our alumni.”
Necula is also a long-time singer. She performed at Carnegie Hall and the Statue of Liberty Centennial, among other venues, and has released two albums: “One Millennium Before Sunrise” in 2006 and “My Vie en Rose” in 2009. Her passion for opera led her to write Life in Opera: Truth, Tempo and Soul (Amadeus Press: 2009), a collection of interviews and stories that present a wide perspective on life in the opera world.
In addition to earning her B.A. at Purchase, Necula studied French at the Sorbonne University in Paris and German at the University of Vienna. She was a part-time French and Italian lecturer at Purchase College and is fluent in French, German, Italian, Romanian, and Spanish.