Joyce Rogers Appointed As IU Foundation Interim Executive Vice President For Development

(BLOOMINGTON) – The Indiana University Foundation has appointed Joyce Rogers interim executive vice president for development. The position was previously held for seven years by Rick Dupree, whose retirement coincided with the recent conclusion of IU’s first universitywide fundraising campaign, For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign.

Joyce Rogers. Photo by Powell Photography, Inc.

The executive vice president for development oversees the foundation’s development division, which maintains responsibility for the fundraising and stewardship activities of the IU Foundation and also partners with all units across IU campuses to collaborate in attracting philanthropic support for the university.

A well-known and trusted leader throughout the state, Rogers has been serving at the foundation as vice president for development and external relations for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs since 2013. She currently collaborates with the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs and senior university officers in developing and executing student recruitment, external relations, and fundraising strategies that support and advance diversity and inclusiveness initiatives at IU.

“I am delighted that Joyce has agreed to serve as interim executive vice president for development,” said Dan Smith, president and CEO of the IU Foundation. “Joyce has a distinguished record in the area of development and nonprofit leadership and played an important role in the overall success of the recent For All campaign. Joyce helped us secure the funds necessary to renovate the Madam Walker Theater and to support a range of collaborative programs between IUPUI and the Walker Theater. She also secured generous support to create the first endowed chair in OVPDEMA.

“Aside from her direct fundraising successes, Joyce played a central role in helping the foundation become more deliberate in its engagement with diverse alumni and friends of the university. The Black Philanthropy Circle and Queer Philanthropy Circle, which she helped launch and now oversees, have garnered national attention and substantial contributors to the For All campaign, and are viewed as models of how universities can improve their outreach to diverse communities of supporters.

“Aside from her fundraising experience, Joyce brings a highly collaborative leadership approach that fits well with IU and IU Foundation culture. Much of the success we have enjoyed in recent years can be traced to the strong partnerships we have with leaders in units across the university. Having worked across the university for the past seven years, Joyce is well-known and respected for her spirit of helping others achieve their private support goals. I am confident that she will continue to develop these relationships along with those with our alumni and friends.”

“I am excited to work with this dynamic leadership team representative of the IU Foundation, the IUF Board and Indiana University to assist with continuing the excellence that indeed has been ‘For All,'” Rogers said. “The work we do doesn’t just change lives; it changes generations. This interim appointment is humbling and allows me the opportunity to contribute alongside so many great supporters of the Indiana University Foundation’s mission, who get up every day to do all they can to make life better for our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends.”

Beyond her accomplishments since joining the IU Foundation, Rogers has a long and notable career in development and nonprofit management. She served as vice president for development for Ivy Tech from 2003 to 2013. Ivy Tech is the nation’s largest singularly accredited community college system and is the state’s most diverse higher education system, with close to 200,000 students in 14 regions and 23 campuses statewide. In this role, Rogers was the chief development officer with total oversight of the Ivy Tech Foundation, directing the development and administrative activities to advance private sector support.

Among her many accomplishments at Ivy Tech, Rogers grew total assets by close to $100 million in five years and managed over $150 million in total assets, including an investment portfolio close to $50 million. She developed a comprehensive statewide development plan along with implementation strategies and metrics for major gifts to reach the $500 million goal by 2019.

She also created two for-profit arms of the Ivy Tech Foundation to increase its asset portfolio, rebranded the foundation and developed a statewide marketing plan. In addition to development, Rogers established the college’s first statewide alumni program, doubling assets within the first year. And she worked with Blackbaud Inc. to develop and implement a statewide database system and increased accountability in development efforts, operations and data collection.

Rogers also served from 2001 to 2007 in multiple leadership roles for Indiana Black Expo, inlcuding president and CEO, interim CEO and chief operating officer, and chief operating officer. As the organization’s first COO, she increased accountability and improved efficiencies in finance, marketing, human resources, administration, and event planning and execution.

In her first year as Indiana Black Expo CEO, she increased revenue by over $1.1 million. During her tenure as CEO, Rogers increased Black Expo’s economic impact on Indianapolis by over $15 million and made it the leading exposition of its kind in the nation. Among her many successes related to Black Expo, she received one of the nation’s first charter school authorizations from then-Mayor Bart Peterson to create the Andrew J. Brown Academy, secured international partnerships in Bermuda, South Africa and Senegal, and leveraged funds to purchase the nation’s second prostate cancer medical mobile unit focused on statewide community testing and awareness.

Rogers is also a leader in a wide range of community organizations. She is chair of the board for the Madam Walker Theater and chair of the Health & Hospital Corp. of Marion County. She has been honored by organizations across the state, but perhaps most notable, she is a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor bestowed by the governor of Indiana, presented by then-Gov. Frank O’Bannon.

Rogers holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law and a Bachelor of Science from Indiana State University, and she was admitted to the Indiana State Bar.

What they’re saying

“I’m thrilled to see Joyce Rogers appointed to this leadership role. Her breadth of experience and passion for fundraising and innovation position her to lead the foundation’s fundraising and stewardship efforts successfully.” — James C. Wimbush, IU vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs; dean of The University Graduate School; and Johnson Chair for Diversity and Leadership

“We appreciate Joyce stepping into this role. She will provide the leadership continuity and focus to sustain our fundraising momentum as we prepare for the next campaign.” — J T. Forbes, Indiana University Alumni Association CEO; interim president and CEO of IU Foundation (starting Jan. 1)

About the Indiana University Foundation

Founded in 1936, the Indiana University Foundation maximizes private support for Indiana University by fostering lifelong relationships with key stakeholders and providing advancement leadership and fundraising services for campuses and units across the university.

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