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IU Foundation president returning to Center on Philanthropy; Kelley dean to lead foundation

Eugene R. Tempel
Eugene R. Tempel


June 21, 2012

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- After four years as Indiana University Foundation president, Eugene R. Tempel will be returning to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University as a senior fellow to play a major role in the university's effort to establish a new School of Philanthropy, the university has announced.

Tempel served as the executive director of the center -- part of the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis -- for 11 years before joining the IU Foundation in 2008.

The IU Foundation's fiduciary directors have unanimously selected Daniel C. Smith, dean of the IU Kelley School of Business, to succeed Tempel effective Oct. 1. Smith will continue to serve as dean of the Kelley School until an interim dean is appointed late this summer and will then assist the interim dean with the transition through the end of the year.

"Gene Tempel is a nationally recognized leader in philanthropic studies and nonprofit management who has done an outstanding job leading the IU Foundation for the past four years," said Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie, who also chairs the IU Foundation board. "Under Gene's leadership, the university has increased its donor base and secured large, transformative gifts for a number of schools, departments and centers across the university.

"Gene leaves the foundation in excellent shape, and I am very pleased he will be returning to the Center on Philanthropy, which he was instrumental in building into a world-class organization, at a time when we are looking to expand the scope and mission of our philanthropic studies programs."

Under Tempel, the IU Foundation completed IU Bloomington's $1.1 billion Matching the Promise campaign and exceeded this target by more than $40 million; launched the $1.25 billion IMPACT campaign at IUPUI, which is close to successful completion; and initiated fundraising campaigns on three of IU's regional campuses. In addition, the foundation launched the first Women's Philanthropy Council for Indiana University. Tempel also has promoted greater alignment between the foundation and IU Alumni Association, worked to make the organization more efficient and metrics-driven, and strengthened the foundation's leadership team.

Among the gifts to the university during Tempel's time as foundation president were $60 million from Lilly Endowment to support medical research; $35 million from entrepreneur Michael S. "Mickey" Maurer for the IU Maurer School of Law in Bloomington; $24 million from attorney and businessman Robert H. McKinney for the IU McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis; and $15 million from Bloomington-based Cook Group for construction of IU's state-of-the-art basketball training center, Cook Hall, in Bloomington.

In addition, Tempel and the IU Foundation worked closely with Smith and the Kelley School on grants totaling $60 million for the expansion of the Kelley School undergraduate facility in Bloomington, which began this spring.

"I have been proud to be a part of the IU Foundation and the important work it does for Indiana University," Tempel said. "We have been able to work collaboratively with our strategic partners -- President McRobbie, the chancellors and provost, deans, development officers, fiscal officers, the Alumni Association and many others -- to raise significant gift funds that will benefit the university for decades to come.

"I am grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute to this success during my time as the president of the foundation. Philanthropy has been the constant in my career at Indiana University, and I am excited to have a new leadership role as the university builds on its accomplishments and expands its programming in this fascinating and vitally important field."

Smith will join the foundation as president after more than eight years as dean of IU's highly regarded Kelley School of Business, which is regularly recognized as one of the top 20 programs for both undergraduate and graduate business education in the United States. Smith, who earned his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, joined the Kelley School in 1996 as an associate professor and the Clare W. Barker Chair in Marketing and became a full professor in 1998. He was named interim dean in 2004 and dean in 2005.

"I am honored to be asked to serve IU as the leader of the foundation and am grateful to President McRobbie for this opportunity," Smith said. "The IU Foundation is a special institution, and Gene Tempel has done a superb job guiding it during a difficult period for philanthropy. I look forward to working with the foundation board, composed of leaders who bring diverse perspectives and a deep commitment to the advancement of IU."

Founded in 1936, the IU Foundation is headquartered in Bloomington and Indianapolis and partners with development offices on every IU campus. The foundation today oversees one of the largest public university endowments in the country, with a market value of nearly $1.6 billion.

In fiscal year 2011, IU ranked 17th overall and sixth among public universities in total voluntary support, receiving $296 million in grants, and the university was No. 1 among public universities in voluntary support in 2010 with grants totaling $343 million. IU is consistently ranked among the top four of Big Ten universities in annual voluntary support.


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