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Davids Named Chief of Staff at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

July 1, 2011

Michael Davids has been named Chief of Staff at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, assisting President Matt Branam on internal communications, strategic counsel, project planning/management and overview of the president's initiatives.

        Michael Davids
   Michael Davids

Davids has over 25 years of experience in communications, public relations, publishing management, educational research and academia.  He is known for being adept at strategic planning and clear communications.

Davids served the past four years as director of marketing, communications and public relations at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Ind.

"Mike is a superb communicator who has worked in business, academia and as a consultant in non-profit fundraising.  He is a person who gets things done.  I am looking forward to tapping his experience and strategic insights," stated Branam in announcing Davids' appointment.

Davids has won regional and international communications awards, and has planned, budgeted and supervised publishing departments.  He also has helped non-profit organizations increase brand awareness, reorganize their communications strategies, raise funds and increase member participation.  Former clients have included the Field Museum of Chicago, The AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Marist Brothers. 

At Holy Cross College, Davids helped establish website and social media strategies that increased interest in the college and name recognition within the Midwest.  He also developed fundraising strategies and published an alumni magazine.

Previous career posts have had Davids serving as creative director/copywriter at two marketing agencies, creative director at Nightingale-Conant Publishing, motivational research at the University of Chicago's Center for Medical Education Research, and health and nutrition publishing at the National Dairy Council.

"I am excited to be working with a dynamic president like Matt Branam and a highly successful institution like Rose-Hulman," Davids stated.  "This is an extraordinary time in history for Rose-Hulman, America's number one undergraduate engineering school, and for their engineering graduates.  While it used to be about machinery and public works, today's engineers are at the forefront of medical technology, green energy, electronics, computers, biotechnology and material science.  At Rose-Hulman, a senior project could be working on an Indianapolis 500 race car or a micro surgery device that can save a life.  I can't think of a more exciting place to work."

Davids earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Iowa, a master's degree in Literature and the Arts from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) and graduate certificate in direct marketing from DePaul University.  His wife, Susan, is a high school biology teacher.  They have two high-school aged children.