Gannon University Announces New Vice President For University Advancement
Posted: May 6, 2016
Gannon University announces the appointment of R. Scott Rash,
CFRE as vice president for university advancement.
In this position Rash is responsible for the University's annual
fund, corporate and foundation relations, major gifts and gift
planning, endowment, capital campaigns, alumni and constituent
relations efforts, stewardship, and advancement services. He
succeeds Jack Sims, who will retire in July after more than seven
years of service.
Rash will lead the team's next phase of historic success. With
two months remaining in the current fiscal year, Gannon University
has already recorded the most successful fundraising year in its
history, with $11.3 million raised to date. The Vision 2020
Campaign, which will conclude on June 30, has already surpassed its
$40 million goal.
Rash comes to Gannon from Virginia Commonwealth University in
Richmond, where he has served as executive director and chief
development officer of the School of Engineering Foundation since
2010. As a member of the vice president for development and alumni
relations' leadership team, Rash worked closely with this group as
they plan for VCU's current campaign. Prior to arriving at VCU, he
served as vice president for institutional advancement at
Greensboro College, Greensboro, North Carolina, associate vice
president for development and alumni relations at Longwood
University, Farmville, Virginia, and as director of athletic
development at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia.
Before entering the fund raising profession, Rash served as head
baseball coach at Greensboro College from 1992-2002, where he led a
start-up program to a Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
championship in only its sixth season, and was twice named the
conference coach of the year. Along with being the baseball coach,
Rash also served in ancillary roles as admissions counselor, sports
information director, and associate athletic director during his
time at Greensboro.
Rash is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland,
Virginia where he received a bachelor's degree in business and
economics. He is a member of the Virginia Association of Fund
Raising Executives and the Association of Fundraising