Indiana University has announced that Eugene R. Tempel, the longtime executive director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, will become president of the Indiana University Foundation on September 1, 2008.
Tempel, who has led CoP since 1997 and played an integral role in envisioning and founding it a decade earlier, will succeed Curtis R. Simic, who is retiring after twenty years as president of the foundation. During Simic's tenure, the foundation's endowment grew from $214 million to $1.6 billion and IU ranked among the top twenty American universities in total voluntary support (i.e., gifts and research grants from the private sector). Patrick M. Rooney, director of research at the center since 1999, will serve as its interim executive director.
Under Tempel's leadership, the center has overseen the expansion of the academic study of philanthropy, including the establishment of the nation's first Ph.D. program in the field as well as five endowed faculty chairs. In 2007, Tempel received the James L. Fisher Award for distinguished service to education from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
"There are only a handful of people in the country with the necessary credentials and experience to fill this key position," said IU president Michael A. McRobbie. "We were very fortunate to find one of them in our own IU community. Gene Tempel has mentored many of the nation's most successful executives in philanthropic fundraising, so he is clearly well-prepared for this assignment."