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Robert F. Conrad Named Senior Director of Planned Giving
March 28, 2012
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology President Matt Branam
announces the appointment of Robert F. Conrad Jr. as Senior
Director of Planned Giving in the Office of Institutional
|| Robert F. Conrad
Conrad has experience building sustainable and successful
planned giving programs at Florida State University, Florida
International University, and Ohio University, and was instrumental
in helping the development teams at these institutions receive the
largest gifts in school history.
"Bob understands planned giving opportunities and has strong
people skills that will enhance our advancement leadership team,"
stated President Branam. "He joins Vice President for
Institutional Advancement Rickey McCurry and Director of Planned
Giving Chris Aimone to create a powerful team of three attorneys
who are experts in wealth management and estate planning.
This will help our donors make wise decisions about their
investments and support of Rose-Hulman."
Conrad served as Vice President for Advancement and Executive
Director of the FIU Foundation, from 2008-2010; was Vice President
of Central Development Services and Vice President of Planned
Giving at the FSU Foundation, from 2004-2008; was Executive
Director and Director of Planned Giving at OU, from 1992-2004; and
Capital Campaign Coordinator at the Shippensburg University
Foundation, from 1988-1992.
At FIU, Conrad led the university to the two best fundraising
years in its history. Gifts dramatically increased during his
tenure, despite the recent challenging economic conditions.
Conrad helped Florida State increase annual planned gift
activity from approximately $14 million to an average of $30
million. At Ohio University, he helped secure a $500,000
charitable trust gift to construct a new laboratory for the
university's Russ College of Engineering, and was on the
solicitation team that encouraged a donor to become the chair of
the foundation board and entrust a $20 million gift to the
college. He also was the lead fundraiser on a gift that
established the Russ Prize in Engineering, awarded bi-annually by
the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, which recognizes
achievement in biomedical engineering. Ohio University's
documented planned gift expectancies were increased to $220
million, and one donor left $100 million in cash to the university
through an estate gift.
Shippensburg's capital campaign achieved its $8.4 million goal
one year early, and exceeded the original goal by $1.5 million.
"Bob has a record of success in helping his institutions benefit
from the loyalty of friends, corporate partners, and alumni.
He has innovative ideas to help Rose-Hulman achieve its short- and
long-term fundraising goals," stated Rickey N. McCurry, vice
president for institutional advancement. "We're delighted to
have someone with Bob's leadership experience joining our
Conrad earned a law degree from Ohio Northern University's Petit
College of Law in 1987 after earning a bachelor's degree in
political science from Susquehanna University in 1983.
"I am looking forward to working with people who have a
commitment toward helping Rose-Hulman build upon its stature as the
No. 1 college for undergraduate engineering education," stated