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Carpenter to leave Indiana State Dec. 31

November 13, 2017

Ron Carpenter, vice president for Indiana State University's Division of Development and CEO of the ISU Foundation, announced today his plans to depart his post at the end of the year.

"It's been a joy to have been involved with Indiana State in basically every area - as a student, a football player, head of the alumni association, head of the foundation, head of the board of trustees," Carpenter said. "We've had some ups and downs, but I feel like I'm going out on a high note and leaving everything right for the staff and university."

A farewell reception is set for 3:30-5 p.m. Nov. 30 in Heritage Lounge. There will be a brief program at 4 p.m.

Carpenter's parents and his son, Jacob, are alumni. He earned both his bachelor's ('77) and master's ('82) degrees in criminology at Indiana State and was co-captain of the football team.

He has been an active member of the ISU Alumni Association, previously serving as president of the alumni board and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998. He has served as chair of the ISU Board of Trustees and as a key member of the foundation board prior to joining the foundation staff in 2012.

Carpenter also led the search that hired President Dan Bradley, who thanked Carpenter for his service and dedication to the university.

"Ron has been involved with Indiana State since his days as a student-athlete. He is the only person to have served as president of the alumni association, president of the ISU Board of Trustees and president and CEO of the ISU Foundation. He is a loyal Sycamore and truly bleeds blue," said Bradley.

"I appreciate all that Ron has done to support his alma mater," Bradley added. "In addition to the leadership he has provided to the Division of Development, he has helped create a successful fundraising culture around some of our largest events including the dedication of the Larry Bird statue, the Sesquicentennial Gala and others. I wish him all the best."

Carpenter, who lives in the greater Indianapolis area, said the next step in his career will be closer to home and build on his nearly 40 years of nonprofit leadership and management experience. Prior to taking the helm of the foundation, Carpenter led the Indianapolis-based Children's Bureau for 25 years.

Carpenter's accomplishments at the foundation include leading a development staff that increased the university endowment from $42.5 million in 2012 to $62.3 million, overseeing the dedication of the Larry Bird statue and scholarship campaign, which was the largest single-event fundraiser in university history, and launching the Elevate campaign with the athletics department.

Carpenter was also involved with the restructuring of the foundation to more closely align it with the university as part of the unveiling of the new strategic plan in 2016.


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