The first thing you notice is his broad smile. Then, there's the
firm handshake, the caring attitude, and the confident tone to his
It's hard not to notice and like Rickey McCurry, the new Vice
President for Institutional Advancement. He brings skills and
experience that will be valuable assets to the campus and
administration as the course is set for future objectives,
including endowment growth, which will keep Rose-Hulman on the
cutting edge in higher education.
"My goal is to insure that our advancement program (alumni
affairs and development) shares the same commitment to excellence
as the institute's proud academic mission," McCurry says. "We want
to create an atmosphere where all alumni and friends feel connected
and involved with the institute.
"We want to bring alumni to campus and want to take Rose-Hulman
on the road," he continues. "We need to reach out to our alumni,
friends and supporters to seek their assistance in growing our
endowment, creating new scholarships for our students, enhancing
our facilities, and securing additional financial support to assist
our students, faculty and staff."
McCurry spent the last 11 years as Vice Chancellor for
Institutional Advancement and Chief Executive Officer of the
Southern Illinois University Foundation. He led the college's first
comprehensive campaign (raising $106 million) and increased the
endowment and foundation assets.
"Rickey brings skills in constituency development that will be
valuable assets to our institutional advancement division and my
administration," states Rose- Hulman President Matt Branam.
McCurry earned the Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation
CEO of the Year Award from the Council for the Advancement and
Support of Education (CASE) and is chair-elect of CASE's District V
Board of Directors. He has a law degree from North Carolina Central
University's School of Law. ■