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Robert F. Conrad Named Senior Director of Planned Giving

March 28, 2012

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology President Matt Branam announces the appointment of Robert F. Conrad Jr. as Senior Director of Planned Giving in the Office of Institutional Advancement. 

      Robert Conrad
   Robert F. Conrad

Conrad has experience building sustainable and successful planned giving programs at Florida State University, Florida International University, and Ohio University, and was instrumental in helping the development teams at these institutions receive the largest gifts in school history.

"Bob understands planned giving opportunities and has strong people skills that will enhance our advancement leadership team," stated President Branam.  "He joins Vice President for Institutional Advancement Rickey McCurry and Director of Planned Giving Chris Aimone to create a powerful team of three attorneys who are experts in wealth management and estate planning.  This will help our donors make wise decisions about their investments and support of Rose-Hulman."

Conrad served as Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the FIU Foundation, from 2008-2010; was Vice President of Central Development Services and Vice President of Planned Giving at the FSU Foundation, from 2004-2008; was Executive Director and Director of Planned Giving at OU, from 1992-2004; and Capital Campaign Coordinator at the Shippensburg University Foundation, from 1988-1992. 

At FIU, Conrad led the university to the two best fundraising years in its history.  Gifts dramatically increased during his tenure, despite the recent challenging economic conditions.

Conrad helped Florida State increase annual planned gift activity from approximately $14 million to an average of $30 million.  At Ohio University, he helped secure a $500,000 charitable trust gift to construct a new laboratory for the university's Russ College of Engineering, and was on the solicitation team that encouraged a donor to become the chair of the foundation board and entrust a $20 million gift to the college.  He also was the lead fundraiser on a gift that established the Russ Prize in Engineering, awarded bi-annually by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, which recognizes achievement in biomedical engineering.  Ohio University's documented planned gift expectancies were increased to $220 million, and one donor left $100 million in cash to the university through an estate gift.

Shippensburg's capital campaign achieved its $8.4 million goal one year early, and exceeded the original goal by $1.5 million.

"Bob has a record of success in helping his institutions benefit from the loyalty of friends, corporate partners, and alumni.  He has innovative ideas to help Rose-Hulman achieve its short- and long-term fundraising goals," stated Rickey N. McCurry, vice president for institutional advancement.  "We're delighted to have someone with Bob's leadership experience joining our advancement team."

Conrad earned a law degree from Ohio Northern University's Petit College of Law in 1987 after earning a bachelor's degree in political science from Susquehanna University in 1983.

"I am looking forward to working with people who have a commitment toward helping Rose-Hulman build upon its stature as the No. 1 college for undergraduate engineering education," stated Conrad.