7:03 PM EDT, April 23, 2012
Terre Haute, Ind.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology announced Monday that Robert Coons will serve as interim president following Matt Branam's death.
Branam collapsed in his office April 20 and was rushed to the hospital where he later died.
Coons has held various finance- and management-level positions since joining Rose-Hulman in 1989 from his initial appointment as Controller to his most recent position of Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer to which he was promoted in 2005.
Coons was a recipient of the Rose-Hulman President’s Outstanding Service Award in 2010. He is currently serving as Vice President of the Indiana Risk Management Association Board of Trustees, a member of the UAP Clinic, LLC Board of Managers and a member of the Indiana TechPoint Board of Directors.
He is a past President of the Indiana Association of College and University Business Officers and has held various committee appointments on the Central Association of College and University Business Officers during his tenure. He is a past Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair of the United Way of the Wabash Valley; a past President of Vigo County Lifeline; and is a graduate of Leadership Terre Haute. He holds an MBA from Indiana State University, a CPA from North Carolina, a bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana University; and is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education Institute for Education Management.
“The campus is still grieving the tragic passing of Matt Branam. I know Matt would have wanted a swift and strong transition to continue the trajectory of the Institute’s current strategic planning process, while maintaining our fine tradition of delivering the very best education to the nation’s brightest science, math and engineering students,” said William R. Fenoglio, chairman of Rose-Hulman’s Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees met in a special session today to name an interim president.
“Through the years, Rob Coons has been at the table and has been a trusted voice as the Institute has built its first-in-class reputation. With Rob’s intimate knowledge of our college, with his long tenure as a senior leader, and with his impressive executive skills, the campus is in good hands while the search process begins for a permanent successor to Matt Branam,” Fenoglio continued.
In the weeks ahead, plans will outline the national search for the 15th President of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Fenoglio added.
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