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Matt Branam Elected as President of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

December 7, 2009

Matt Branam has been elected president of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology by the college's Board of Trustees, according to an announcement from William Fenoglio, chairman of the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees. The election took place during a special board meeting in Indianapolis on December 4, 2009.

 Matt Branam

Rose-Hulman had recently announced its search for a new President, and conducted a successful survey of the market, identifying a number of impressive potential candidates. "Early in that process, the Trustees became convinced that it was in the institution's best interest to ask Matt Branam, who has been serving in an interim capacity, to become our permanent president," Fenoglio said. " We appreciate the interest of a number of academic leaders who responded to our initial search solicitations."

With his election, Branam becomes the 14th president in the 135-year history of the college.

"As the Board conducted its search for president, considering several strong prospects, it became abundantly clear that the Institute had the ideal candidate already serving in the president's office," Fenoglio said. "President Branam's performance as interim president has brought renewed direction and vigor to the campus."

Fenoglio cited various strengths that Branam brings to the position. "Matt is an excellent communicator with a keen understanding of the academic mission of Rose-Hulman," Fenoglio said. "He has a vision to build on Rose-Hulman's reputation as the top undergraduate engineering, science and mathematics college in the country."

"I've always known Rose-Hulman to be a very special place with top faculty, staff and students," Branam said. "Rose-Hulman is the number one college in its class in the country, and the family atmosphere on campus makes it a great place to work and study. But we do much more than teach math, science and engineering at Rose-Hulman; we prepare our best and brightest young people to address the challenges and opportunities our world will face tomorrow. I am honored to be part of it, and thankful to the Board of Trustees for their confidence and support."

"I am delighted to hear the news," said Arthur Western, vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty. "President Branam has exhibited that he has the vision and leadership necessary for the campus. I look forward to continuing the progress he has initiated during the first five months."

"The selection of Matt Branam as the next president of Rose-Hulman will have a positive and significant impact upon our institution and its future direction," said David Purdy, head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and member of the Presidential Search Committee. "Matt understands our mission and primary function as a premiere undergraduate institution in engineering, math and science. During his first five months of service as interim president he has pulled together the Rose-Hulman community by communicating the need for transparency and open communication amongst all constituencies."

Branam brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Rose-Hulman. His expertise in fundraising, board relations, public relations, brand management, legal, labor, and financial affairs brings Rose-Hulman a seasoned leader. He managed the American Red Cross through a period of tremendous growth and change for its then president, Elizabeth Dole, as its first ever chief operating officer. 

Branam's experience also includes a distinguished 24-year career with UPS (formerly called United Parcel Service) where his local job as a teenager evolved through numerous positions of increased responsibility, including the position of vice president of public affairs in Washington, D.C. A native of Terre Haute, Ind., Branam has attended Indiana State University, Taylor University and Georgetown University, and he graduated from Rose-Hulman in 1979.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is the nation's leading undergraduate engineering, mathematics and science college. For 11 consecutive years, it has been ranked in the annual U.S. News & World Report annual survey of higher education as the number one college or university that offers the bachelor's or master's degree as its top degree in engineering. Located in Terre Haute, Ind., Rose-Hulman offers a rigorous, hands-on education that stresses development of technical and interpersonal skills in an environment characterized by close personal attention for every student.