ISU Foundation selects experienced fund-raiser as president

February 16 2007

An experienced fund-raising executive, Gene C. Crume Jr., has been appointed president of the Indiana State University Foundation, officials announced today.

Crume, the executive vice president of Midland Lutheran College since 2003, will begin his duties at the ISU Foundation April 1.

"Gene brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to this position. He is committed to working with our alumni, faculty, staff and students as well as other foundations, corporations and the community to build support for ISU. I believe the Foundation will prosper under his leadership and that prosperity will directly benefit the University," said David Campbell, chair of the Indiana State University Foundation Board.

As president, Crume will report to the ISU Foundation Board and will be the chief fund-raising strategist and manager for the daily operations of the foundation as well as the comprehensive campaign. His other responsibilities will include overseeing the Office of Alumni Affairs and leading the governance, financial management, investment, human resources and legal functions of the foundation. He also will be a member of the university president?s cabinet.

Crume was selected following a nationwide search that produced a strong pool of candidates, said Campbell.

"I look forward to working with Gene on our first comprehensive fund-raising campaign and an expansion of our alumni relations efforts. He understands the important role the foundation will play in garnering the resources necessary to help position Indiana State as a leading university," said Lloyd W. Benjamin III, president of ISU.

Benjamin indicated that in addition to his successful fund-raising experience, Crume's history of active community involvement also played a role in his selection.

"I am pleased that Gene plans to become actively engaged in our community, as he has throughout his career. He will be a great representative of the Foundation and the University as we continue to find ways for the university to partner with various organizations to improve the Wabash Valley," said Benjamin.

Crume indicated that he and his family are excited about moving to the Terre Haute area.

"My wife and I were impressed with how open and welcoming everyone was during our visit -- from the mayor to the superintendent of schools and everyone on campus. We were shown a level of hospitality that felt very genuine to us," he said.

Crume is the first individual to serve as the president of the ISU Foundation under a new structure that more clearly defines the fund-raising organization as a separate entity from the university. The restructuring was approved last June with former ISU trustee and banking executive Tim O'Neill serving as interim president while the search for the president was conducted.

"Serving as president of the Indiana State University Foundation under this new structure is a great opportunity. I am looking forward to working with President Benjamin and the leadership of the foundation to implement the vision they have for the foundation and to advance the strategic directions of the university," said Crume.

Prior to joining Midland's leadership team, Crume served as vice president for university advancement at Park University and in similar roles at Mars Hill College and Tidewater Community College. At Midland, Park and Mars Hill, he also served as an assistant professor. He began his higher education career at his alma mater, Western Kentucky University, first as the coordinator of special events and then as the executive director of the WKU Alumni Association. Prior to that, he was a district executive for the Boy Scouts of America and a communications manager for the Journal of Education Finance.

Crume has a Ph.D. in education with a concentration in organizational leadership from the University of Virginia. He earned a bachelor's in public relations and a master's in organizational communication from Western Kentucky.

Professionally, he has been active in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and has been a frequent presenter on higher education and other topics. He is the author of the chapter "Marketing Alumni Clubs and Chapters" for the CASE book on alumni programming and co-authored research on "The Economic and Programmatic Returns of Alumni Facilities" which was included in a CASE publication on research in alumni relations. In 1998, he received the Annette Gibbs Research/Publication Award from The Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Virginia for historical research he conducted on the history of alumni associations. He also has served as a consultant for strategic planning, leadership development, marketing and fund-raising.

He has had numerous community involvements including serving as a board member for the Fremont United Way and the United Way of Southern Kentucky, an advisory board member of the Lied Center for the Performing Arts, a member of the Fremont Well City Task Force and chair of the Leadership Bowling Green Board of Directors.

Crume and his wife Cindy have two children, Alexandra, 11, and Gene, 7.

Contact: To arrange a telephone interview with Gene Crume, please contact Teresa Exline, university spokesperson, at (812) 237-7783 or Dave Taylor, ISU media relations director, at (812) 237-3743

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An experienced fund-raising executive, Gene C. Crume Jr., has been appointed president of the Indiana State University Foundation. Crume, the executive vice president of Midland Lutheran College since 2003, will begin his duties at the ISU Foundation April 1 as the first foundation president under a new structure that more clearly defines the fund-raising organization as a separate entity from the university.

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