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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
|| 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