The University of Cincinnati Announces New Development and Alumni Relations Leader

Rodney Grabowski to begin leading UC fundraising and alumni relations teams

Rodney Grabowski

CINCINNATI – April 29, 2013 – Rodney M. Grabowski has been selected as the new President of the University of Cincinnati (UC) Foundation and Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations. Grabowski, who comes to UC from the University of South Florida (USF) with more than 20 years of fundraising experience, will officially begin his new role on June 3, 2013.

Grabowski served as the Senior Associate Vice President for University Advancement and Campaign Director at USF where he was responsible for the branding and successful completion of the USF Unstoppable Campaign, the largest fundraising and outreach effort in the University’s history, as well as an annual giving program in excess of $85 million.

Prior to his tenure at USF, Rod held key development positions at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville University and Alfred University in New York. In addition to his 23 years of fundraising, leadership and management experience, Rod brings a strong understanding of higher education’s unique fundraising landscape.

"I am pleased to welcome such an accomplished, energetic and enthusiastic individual to the UC family," said University of Cincinnati President, Santa J. Ono. "Rod's fundraising expertise and ambitious attitude will be an asset to the university."

Grabowski holds a Master of Business Administration in International Business from the University of North Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Syracuse University. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and holds memberships from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

"Rod possesses the visionary leadership needed to help us achieve our strategic goals for the university, and I am honored to call him my colleague."

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About the University of Cincinnati Foundation
Established in 1975, the University of Cincinnati Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation and is the private sector fundraising entity for the University of Cincinnati. The Foundation supports UC’s aspirations through philanthropic collaboration with the colleges, the Academic Health Center and other units to maximize private support. The Foundation’s advancement efforts promote the development of productive, enduring relationships with alumni, friends, colleagues, students, foundations, corporations and the Greater Cincinnati community. 

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