Allison Maddox Appointed Associate Director for Foundation Relations


I am pleased to announce that Allison Maddox, up to now Corporate Relations Coordinator, has been appointed Associate Director for Foundation Relations, effective 19 November 2012. Allison will focus her efforts on the Colleges of Science and Engineering, including their many collegiate centers and institutes and a number of the University’s Strategic Research Initiatives (SRIs).

Allison joins the foundation relations team in both working across the University to surface, devise, and implement strategic academic fundraising initiatives to bolster the University’s research enterprise; as well as proactively identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding private philanthropic foundations on a local, regional, national, and international level. Her proven aptitude for relationships, along with her creativity, technical knowledge, and determination bode well for our development team and the future of Our Lady’s University.

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the efforts of the interview team who graciously gave of their time to ensure that we found the right candidate for this role. Since there’s no more important decision than the next person that we invite to join our team, I am grateful for the incredible support I received from the interview team: Brenda Hull Cox, George Keegan, Jeff Arnold, Nathan Utz, Dr. Sean Kassen, Ernestine Gardner, and Melanie Davis.

Please join me in congratulating Allison and welcoming her into this important role on our academic advancement team.

For the Foundation Relations Group: Brenda, George, and Ernestine,

Rudy Reyes Jr., Director of Foundation Relations


Joining the University in 2010 in the newly-created role of Corporate Relations Coordinator, Allison met regularly with campus constituents, senior University leaders, and corporate executives of the top Fortune 100 companies in support of the Corporate Governance Committee’s efforts to bring structure and strategy to the University’s broad and multi-faceted engagement with corporations. Allison also became involved with the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO) where her talents were quickly recognized as she was asked to serve as one of the conference chairs for the annual national conference.

Allison was graduated from Indiana University (Bloomington) in 2008 with a degree in biology and a minor in business and chemistry. Following graduation, she joined a pediatric research lab at Saint Louis University from 2008 to 2010, studying biological contributions to chronic inflammation in newborns.

Allison has always had a keen interest in philanthropy. While at university, she served on the executive council for the Indiana University Dance Marathon, working with a group of peers to raise over $1M for Riley Children’s Hospital. Allison’s passion for her community has only grown stronger since moving to South Bend, where she serves on the board the IU Alumni Association of St. Joseph County and holds leadership roles for many fundraising events including the Junior League Chef Showcase and the March of Dimes Chef Auction. In her spare time, she also spends time with the guests of the Center for the Homeless and the YWCA.

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