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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Names Interim President

April 23, 2012

 Coons, Rob  
 Robert Coons, Interim President  

The Board of Trustees of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has named Robert A. Coons as the Institute's Interim President today to fulfill the duties of the Office of the President after the sudden death of President Matt Branam on April 20.

Coons has held various finance- and management-level positions since joining Rose-Hulman in 1989 from his initial appointment as Controller to his most recent position of Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer to which he was promoted in 2005. 

Coons was a recipient of the Rose-Hulman President's Outstanding Service Award in 2010.  He is currently serving as Vice President of the Indiana Risk Management Association Board of Trustees, a member of the UAP Clinic, LLC Board of Managers and a member of the Indiana TechPoint Board of Directors. He is a past President of the Indiana Association of College and University Business Officers and has held various committee appointments on the Central Association of College and University Business Officers during his tenure. He is a past Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair of the United Way of the Wabash Valley; a past President of Vigo County Lifeline; and is a graduate of Leadership Terre Haute.  He holds an MBA from Indiana State University, a CPA from North Carolina, a bachelor's degree in business from Indiana University; and is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education Institute for Education Management.

"The campus is still grieving the tragic passing of Matt Branam. I know Matt would have wanted a swift and strong transition to continue the trajectory of the Institute's current strategic planning process, while maintaining our fine tradition of delivering the very best education to the nation's brightest science, math and engineering students," said William R. Fenoglio, chairman of Rose-Hulman's Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees met in a special session today to name an interim president.

"Through the years, Rob Coons has been at the table and has been a trusted voice as the Institute has built its first-in-class reputation. With Rob's intimate knowledge of our college, with his long tenure as a senior leader, and with his impressive executive skills, the campus is in good hands while the search process begins for a permanent successor to Matt Branam," Fenoglio continued.

In the weeks ahead, plans will outline the national search for the 15th President of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Fenoglio added.

About Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Founded in 1874, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 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.  The college, located in Terre Haute, Ind., has an enrollment of 1,900 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students.  For 13 consecutive years, Rose-Hulman has been rated the top undergraduate engineering college in the nation that offers the bachelor's or master's degree as its top degree in engineering.  The ranking is based on a national survey of deans and senior faculty conducted by U.S. News & World Report for its college guidebook.  Rose-Hulman's emphasis on undergraduate education has also been recognized by The Princeton Review and, which cited six of the Institute's professors for this year's Best 300 Professors book.  Learn more about Rose-Hulman at