BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—Paula J. Jenkins, CFRE, has been named vice president for development for Indiana University Bloomington at the IU Foundation. In her new role, Jenkins will provide strategic leadership for the centralized advancement services and constituency-based development programs of IU Bloomington. Additionally, she will also serve as chief advisor and development director for IU Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel.
“The experience, strategic vision, and active leadership Paula brings to the Bloomington campus will help us fulfill our ambitious academic priorities,” said Robel. “She will work closely with this office and the Bloomington deans and development officers to inspire donors to partner with us to achieve the goals of the strategic plan, and to position IU Bloomington as the premier destination for top students and faculty from around the globe.”
Since September of 2010, Paula has served as the IU Foundation’s vice president for development, regional campuses, where she has distinguished herself as a superb fundraiser and leader. With Jenkins’s guidance and management, overall gift income to the regional campuses increased from $3 million in fiscal year 2010 to more than $14 million in fiscal year 2013.
“Paula has been tremendously successful in building the efficiency and productivity of the fundraising programs at all of IU’s regional campuses,” said Rick Dupree, IU Foundation executive vice president for development. “I have no doubt that she will take IU Bloomington and its development efforts to the next level in service to the university.”
Prior to her work with IU’s regional campuses, Paula was assistant dean in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI, for over 16 years. She has held a variety of administrative posts with Sigma Kappa Sorority, culminating with her service as Director of Development for the Sigma Kappa Foundation from July of 1990 to March of 1994.
“I am grateful to have this opportunity to serve the Bloomington university community in my new role on the IU Foundation team,” said Jenkins. “I look forward to working with Provost Robel and collaborating with the outstanding leadership here on the Bloomington campus.”
A graduate of the University of Arizona with a BS in business administration, Jenkins is expected to complete an MA in philanthropic studies from the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in May 2015.
Founded in 1936, the Indiana University Foundation maximizes private support for Indiana University by fostering lifelong relationships with key stakeholders and providing advancement leadership and fundraising services for campuses and units across the university. Today, the Foundation oversees one of the largest public university endowments in the country, with a market value in excess of $1.7 billion. In fiscal year 2013, IU received $305.9 million in support from the private sector. IU is consistently ranked among the top four of Big Ten universities in annual voluntary support.