Robert M. Rudd Named Vice President for Institutional Advancement

By Brian Kirschner

Rob RuddRobert M. Rudd was named Vice President for Institutional Advancement at University of the Sciences, President Paul Katz, MD, announced. Rudd, who will start his USciences tenure on September 11, has served since 2009 as the senior director for corporate and foundation relations at the University of Delaware. His appointment is the culmination of a national search for a strategic leader with experience in higher education, program and team building, and capital campaigns.

Over the course of eight years at Delaware, Rudd managed a team of five and worked with faculty and senior leadership to secure private support across seven colleges and 81 centers and institutes. He managed the university’s comprehensive efforts to connect and partner with corporations and foundations worldwide, and built a leading program based on mutual goals and objectives and aggressive outreach to potential partners. During his time at Delaware, giving to the University increased from $25 million annually to over $70 million. In addition, Rudd also managed the college-based major gift fundraising programs for three years and was responsible for major gifts to the Provost’s initiatives. Rudd also pioneered the University’s effort to partner with companies in Asia, resulting in research funding from Chinese corporate partners.

At USciences, Rudd, who will report to the President and have a seat on Cabinet, will oversee the areas of development, alumni relations, and University events. He will have an opportunity to grow the department, while helping to prepare for the University’s bicentennial in 2021.

“Rob Rudd is joining USciences at an exciting time of transformation for the University,” said Dr. Katz. “As Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Rob will play a critical role in helping to position USciences as we approach our bicentennial.” 

Prior to joining Delaware in 2009, Rudd had a career in fundraising management for museums. He was director of the Enfield Shaker Museum in New Hampshire and executive director of Hugh Moore Historical Park, Museums and Archives in Easton, PA. Other stops on his career path included the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, the Oregon and Los Angeles Zoos, and the Columbia River Maritime Museum, where he managed the museum’s first-ever capital campaign. 

Rudd holds a BA in French and economics from Macalester College and a master’s degree in early American culture and museum studies from Delaware. He is a 1999 graduate of Colonial Williamsburg’s Seminar for Historical Administration. Rudd also serves on the community advisory councils for Dow Electronic Materials and DuPont Advanced Materials.

A native of Michigan, Rudd lives in Chester Heights, Pa., where he is in the midst of restoring a 250-year-old former brewery and toll house.

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