Sunday, July 6, 2008

Tempel leaves Center on Philanthropy

Eugene R. "Gene" Tempel (pictured) will succeed Curtis R. Simic as the seventh president of the Indiana University Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1936 as IU's fundraising partner.

Tempel, executive director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, which is headquartered on the Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI) campus, is nationally known as an expert on philanthropy and nonprofit management. He was listed by the Nonprofit Times as one of the country's 50 most influential leaders in the nonprofit sector. He played a key role in the establishment of the Center on Philanthropy in 1987.

His appointment, which is subject to the ratification by the Foundation's Board, is to take effect 1 September. Tempel holds faculty appointments in higher education and philanthropic studies in the IU Schools of Education, Liberal Arts, and Public and Environmental Affairs. He earned his master's degree from IU's College of Arts and Sciences and his doctorate from the IU School of Education, and holds an undergraduate degree from St. Benedict College.

Simic is retiring after 20 years as president of the Foundation. During his tenure, the endowment grew from $214 million in fiscal 1988 to $1.6 billion. IU has ranked among the top 20 American universities in total voluntary support -- gifts and research grants from the private sector -- for 16 of the past 18 years.

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