Distinguished Alumni Awards

W. W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award
Curt Simic - 2012

Curt Simic is widely recognized as a national leader in fundraising for higher education, management of foundations, and foundation-institution relationships. He has more than 40 years of experience in all areas of development and alumni and external relations, at both public and private institutions of higher education. His career included leadership positions at Yale, Tennessee, Alabama, Oregon, and California (Berkeley).

The capstone to his career occurred in 1988 when he became president of the Indiana University Foundation, a position he held from 1988 to 2008. In this role, he was the Chief Development Officer for Indiana University, responsible for oversight of all fundraising in a multi-campus development operation with centralized and decentralized functions, investment of the endowment, and development-related administrative services.

The recipient of many awards and honors, he continues to be a presenter and author on development topics and has been an advisor and consultant to many colleges, universities, and non-profit organizations. He has authored book chapters, articles, and brochures about the relationship between foundations and their educational institutions, the fundraising responsibilities of foundation and of institutional governing board members, faculty relations, and funding mechanisms for foundations. It is altogether fitting that Curt Simic should receive the W.W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award, named in honor of the School’s first dean.