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Experienced Fundraiser Steven Brady Named Vice President for Institutional Advancement

October 20, 2015

Steven Brady

Steven Brady

Steven P. Brady, a successful higher education fundraising professional whose career began as a student phonathon caller, has a new title to add to his resume: vice president for institutional advancement at Rose-Hulman.

The appointment was announced by President Jim Conwell.

Brady is senior director for major gifts and director of the Fueling Innovation fundraising campaign at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He has helped the Chicago-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) institution reach its milestones in a $250-million campaign that is set to conclude in December 2016.

“Steve has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of institutional advancement, is familiar with building valuable relationships with STEM professionals, and has led successful teams that support a higher education institution’s short- and long-term financial objectives,” says Conwell.

As vice president at Rose-Hulman, Brady will oversee operations involving elements of fundraising, alumni affairs, and corporate and foundation giving.

Starting as a phonathon caller and student phonathon manager while attending Webster University in St. Louis, Brady moved into a full-time position as Webster’s phonathon coordinator after his graduation in 1996. He later served as director of the College Fund at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, implementing a successful faculty and staff giving program and designing strategies to raise alumni donor participation by 11 percent over the course of six years.

Brady joined IIT in 2006 as a major gifts officer but was soon asked to serve as acting director for alumni relations. A year later, he moved into a role as senior director for major and planned gifts, where he developed the process, policies, and procedures for prospect management that remain in use at IIT today.

Brady assumed an additional role as associate campaign director in 2010, and became the campaign director in 2013. He will officially begin his new position at Rose-Hulman on January 1, 2016.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to work with President Conwell, his administrative cabinet, the board of trustees, faculty, and staff members to support Rose-Hulman’s incredibly committed and talented students and alumni,” Brady states. “I am looking forward to working with the close-knit campus community to realize the mission of being a lifelong partner to its alumni and friends, while addressing the problems of a complex global society.”

Brady succeeds Rickey N. McCurry, who left earlier this year to become vice president for development and alumni affairs at the University of Tennessee. McCurry also was named president and chief executive officer of the University of Tennessee Foundation.

Retired advancement executive Doug Smith has been serving as interim vice president for institutional advancement while Rose-Hulman conducted a nationwide search for a permanent replacement.