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Doug Smith Named Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement
May 7, 2015
Experienced higher education fundraising expert Doug Smith has been named Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement, overseeing all fundraising and alumni relations activities for the institute. He will also be part of President Jim Conwell’s administrative cabinet.
Smith is filling a vacancy created when Rickey N. McCurry left recently to become vice president for development and alumni affairs at the University of Tennessee. McCurry also was named president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the University of Tennessee Foundation.
Before coming to Rose-Hulman, Smith served as vice president for university advancement at the University of North Texas at Dallas (UNTD), and president and CEO of the university’s foundation.
Smith’s career also includes being vice president for university advancement at Bowling Green State University (Ohio). He helped lead the university’s first major comprehensive capital campaign that raised $146 million, exceeding a $120-million goal by 20 percent.
Outside of higher education, Smith served as senior vice president of fundraising and chapter development at the Leukemia Society of America. He was also vice president of fundraising for the national Multiple Sclerosis Society, an organization he joined as a regional executive director in 1973.
Smith earned a master’s degree in political science from the University of Toledo after receiving a bachelor’s degree in education from the same institution.