Eugene R. “Gene” Tempel, executive director of the prestigious Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University (IU), is leaving that post to head the university’s fundraising arm, the IU Foundation.
Tempel will succeed Curtis R. Simic as president of the IU Foundation. He will be the seventh leader of the foundation, established in 1936. A national search has been launched to replace Tempel at the Center on Philanthropy.
Patrick M. Rooney, Ph.D., director of research at the Center, will serve as its interim executive director. A blue-ribbon search committee will be appointed to conduct a national search for a permanent successor.
Tempel, an expert on philanthropy and nonprofit management, has been listed in The NonProfit Times’s Power & Influence Top 50 every year since 1998. He was appointed to this new position after a nationwide search by a 15-member search committee. The committee included representatives from the IU Foundation Board, IU Trustees and senior IU administrators, according Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie.
McRobbie, who is also chairman of the IU Foundation’s Board of Directors, said that the appointment, which is subject to the ratification by the Foundation’s board, is to take effect Sept. 1.
“I am honored to have been asked to serve as the next president of the Indiana University Foundation,” said Tempel. “President McRobbie has created a bold vision for the future of Indiana University and has challenged the IU Foundation to build on what has been accomplished in the past to help bring that vision to life.”
Simic is retiring after 20 years as president of the Foundation. During Simic’s tenure, the endowment grew from $214 million in fiscal 1988 to $1.6 billion, and IU has ranked among the top 20 American universities in total voluntary support — gifts and research grants from the private sector — for 16 of the past 18 years.
“There are only a handful of people in the country with the necessary credentials and experience to fill this key position,” McRobbie said. “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.”
Tempel played a key role in the establishment of the Center on Philanthropy in 1987 at Indiana University, which also became home to the nationally recognized and lauded Fund Raising School.
The Center on Philanthropy serves as a national resource for education, research, training and public service programs pertaining to the nonprofit sector. “The Center on Philanthropy is a stellar program at Indiana University, superbly developed by Gene and his colleagues over the years,” said McRobbie.
Among numerous professional memberships, Tempel is active in the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has held several national committee chair positions with this organization. Often quoted as a spokesperson for the philanthropic and nonprofit sector, Tempel is an author and co-author of several works in the field and an award-winning leader.
In 2007 he received the James L. Fisher Award for distinguished service to education from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The late Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon recognized Tempel’s service to Indiana by naming him a Sagamore of the Wabash. And, Tempel was awarded the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Alumni Association’s Maynard K. Hine Medal, which honors distinguished alumni for continuous support and service to IUPUI and Indiana University.
Prior to leading the Center on Philanthropy, Tempel’s career at IU included service as director of external affairs for the College of Arts and Sciences at IU’s Bloomington campus, vice president-Indianapolis for the IU Foundation, executive director of The Fund Raising School, and vice chancellor for external affairs at IUPUI.
Tempel holds faculty appointments in higher education and philanthropic studies in the IU Schools of Education, Liberal Arts, and Public and Environmental Affairs. He earned his master’s degree from IU’s College of Arts and Sciences and his doctorate from the IU School of Education, and holds an undergraduate degree from St. Benedict College.