Robert A. Coons has been a valuable member of the leadership team over the course of his 25 years of service to the institute. Besides his current role as senior vice president and chief administrative officer, he has served as interim president (2012-2013) as well as vice president and chief administrative officer (2005-2012). He received the Rose-Hulman President's Outstanding Service Award in 2010, and named an honorary Rose-Hulman alumnus by the Alumni Association in 2013.
Coons has played a key role in organizing the framework for the formulation of the goals and strategies in the institute’s Strategic Plan 2014-2018. Many of these strategies are now being implemented through his guidance.
Coons is currently serving as vice president of the Indiana Risk Management Association Board of Trustees, is a past president of the Indiana Association of College and University Business Officers, and is a member of the Indiana TechPoint Board of Directors. He has held various committee appointments on the Central Association of College and University Business Officers. He is also a member of the UAP Clinic’s Board of Managers, is a past treasurer and finance committee chair of the United Way of the Wabash Valley, a past president of Vigo County Lifeline, and a graduate of Leadership Terre Haute.
He earned a master of business administration from Indiana State University and a bachelor's degree in business from Indiana University-East. He was recognized with IU-East’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education Institute for Education Management, and is a certified public accountant in North Carolina.
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