Assistant Dean for Advancement
MA in College Student Personnel Administration, Bowling Green State University, 1985
BA in Psychology, University of Michigan, 1982
- Oversees all fundraising, stewardship, alumni relations, and marketing and communications for Indiana University’s College of Arts and Sciences.
- More than 20 years experience in not-for-profit and higher education fundraising, including identifying, cultivating, and stewarding major gift donors.
- Extensive knowledge in the field of philanthropy, with experience in the financial vehicles available to donors for major gifts including cash, stock, annuities, personal trusts, estate management, and more.
- Builds relationships and creates opportunities for the donor to provide the much needed gifts for the College and its related entities, always mindful of identifying and meeting the “passions” for gifting by the donor.
Tom Recker came to higher education development full-time in 2004 after spending nearly 20 years in non-profit fraternal association management. As Executive Vice President for Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity and Educational Foundation, he oversaw a rapid expansion of staff size, alumni and student services, organizational communication, and foundation development. Phi Sigma Kappa’s unique and strategic implementation of creative student programming was often the model for other fraternal groups to follow. He left Phi Sigma Kappa to become an integral part of the Purdue University advancement team, and during a critical point of the University’s major capital campaign, for first the School of Industrial Engineering, and then as Director of Advancement for the College of Liberal Arts. He played a major role in Liberal Arts’ reaching well over 100% of its campaign goal.
An innovator and strategic thinker, Recker relishes the opportunity to “Tell the Story.” Identifying and communicating the groundbreaking work in the College of Arts and Sciences that changes our world, enhances learning in the classroom, makes a difference in students’ lives, and shapes our future is integral to engaging alumni and friends with, and growing the pride in, the identity and accomplishments of the College.