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Jason Scott Embry Named Executive Director of Development

June 14, 2012

Successful higher-education fundraising professional Jason Scott Embry has been named Executive Director of Development in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

      Jason Embry
  Jason Scott Embry

Embry has 17 years of leadership experience in development at private colleges and universities, primarily in the Midwest and South regions. He has personally secured major and principle gifts totaling $134.4 million, and has designed and managed two comprehensive fundraising campaigns that significantly exceeded their multi-million-dollar goals. At each of the institutions he has worked, Embry also has increased alumni participation rates, unrestricted annual gifts and named endowed funds.

At Rose-Hulman, Embry will organize and supervise fundraising activities, particularly in areas of annual giving and major gifts.

"I am excited to join the Rose-Hulman family and look forward to building upon the Institute's strong history of engaging others in philanthropic support," stated Embry. "Our top national rankings and renowned academic programs present wonderful opportunities for investment."

Embry comes to Rose-Hulman after serving as Special Counsel to the President and Vice President for Advancement at Illinois College (Jacksonville, Ill.). He helped significantly increase cash gifts to the college, increased alumni participation and donations among young alumni, launched a special initiative fundraising campaign and led a strategic planning initiative to improve Illinois College's standing among the nation's top liberal arts institutions.

Other leadership positions have had Embry serving as Director of Development at the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business, Director of Campaign Giving and Director of Annual Giving at Centre College (Danville, Ky.), and Director of Annual Giving at Kentucky Wesleyan College (Owensboro, Ky.). He has also made more than 80 guest lectures and presentations on fundraising, marketing and institutional branding topics at national and regional conferences.

"Jason has led comprehensive campaigns and helped engage alumni, friends, parents, corporations and foundations in supporting his institutions," stated Rickey N. McCurry, Rose-Hulman's Vice President for Institutional Advancement. "Jason will be a valuable member of the Rose-Hulman community, and will help us cultivate the relationships necessary to achieve our goals for short- and long-term financial resources."

Embry, a freelance musician, has been a volunteer and board member for a variety of arts, community and religious organizations. He presently serves as chairman of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity's national ritual committee. He has a master's degree from Vanderbilt University in higher education administration, with an emphasis in institutional advancement. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics at Western Kentucky University.