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Rickey McCurry Named Vice President for Institutional Advancement
June 3, 2011
Rickey N. McCurry has been named vice president for institutional advancement at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He will set strategies for fundraising and alumni affairs that support Rose-Hulman's long-range educational objectives. He will also serve as a member of the president's administrative cabinet.
|Rickey N. McCurry
"Rickey brings skills in constituency development that will be valuable assets to our institutional advancement division and my administration," stated Rose-Hulman President Matt Branam. "He will help our academic departments and faculty members realize their strategic goals, while setting the course for future objectives, including endowment growth, that will keep us on the cutting edge of innovation in undergraduate engineering, science and math education."
With a diverse background in higher education administration and teaching, McCurry has been consistently successful in resource generation and financial management. He has spent the last 11 years as vice chancellor for institutional advancement and chief executive officer of the Southern Illinois University Foundation. He has been responsible for the administration and management of alumni relations, constituent relations, fundraising and special events.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to join the Rose-Hulman family as Vice President for Institutional Advancement," stated McCurry. "Rose-Hulman has established itself as a national model of excellence in undergraduate engineering education and I look forward to creating an advancement program that reflects that same level of commitment to excellence."
At Southern Illinois, McCurry led the foundation board in the development of a strategic plan for 2009-12; led the institution to successfully complete its first comprehensive campaign, raising more than $106 million; helped the university's endowment grow from $42 million to $86 million; increased foundation assets by 125 percent and directed the cultivation and solicitation of several principal gifts, including the single largest gift ($10.2 million) in the university's history.
McCurry's experience in higher education advancement also includes serving as associate vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs at the University of Tennessee (1993-2000), campaign director at Tennessee (1995-1998), assistant vice president for institutional advancement at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. (1990-93), senior development officer for the College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University (1988-1990), associate director of annual and planned giving at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1986-88) and assistant director of development and alumni affairs at Lane College in Jackson, Tenn. (1984-86).
McCurry earned a law degree from North Carolina Central University's School of Law after graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in history from Lane College. He is a former member of the American Bar Association, National Bar Association and Tennessee Bar Association. He is currently a member of Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) and the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU).
McCurry earned CASE's Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation CEO of the Year Award (2009), was selected to participate in the Big Ten Fund Raisers Institute (2000 and 2005) and was selected to participate in the Millennium Leadership Initiative (2004). His professional development experience has featured him as a presenter for several CASE national and district conferences, member of CASE's Institutionally Related Foundation Board, member of CASE's Circle of Excellence Award Committee, member of CASE's Philanthropy Commission and chair-elect of CASE's District V Board of Directors.