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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University July 25, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 40
Rum, of Duke, Named Head of JHM Development and Alumni Relations

By Trent Stockton
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Steven A. Rum will lead development and alumni relations for Johns Hopkins Medicine, effective Sept. 1. Rum is currently vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs at the Duke University Medical Center. At Johns Hopkins, where development is coordinated enterprisewide, his title will be senior associate vice president for development and alumni relations for medicine.

"We are very fortunate to have Steve Rum join us at Johns Hopkins," said Edward D. Miller, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "His track record is exceptional, and his vision for the future will certainly help us meet or exceed our goals."

In June, Johns Hopkins Medicine surpassed $1 billion in commitments in the current Johns Hopkins Knowledge for the World campaign. [See story, page 1.] "While this is a tremendous fund-raising achievement, we still have several important priorities left in the two years remaining in the campaign, including fund raising for several large construction projects at The Johns Hopkins Hospital — the cardiovascular and critical care tower and the children's hospital," said Robert R. Lindgren, vice president for development and alumni relations at Johns Hopkins.

Added Miller, "Steve Rum is joining Johns Hopkins at a particularly significant time, as we expect the two new clinical towers to play a major role in transforming medicine for the 21st century."

"I'm honored, humbled and eager to lead Johns Hopkins Medicine to an even higher level of philanthropy," said Rum, as he prepared to join the umbrella organization for what is regarded as the top American hospital and one of the nation's top two schools of medicine.

Rum has enjoyed considerable success at Duke, including leading the Medical Center's seven-year, $600 million Keeping the Promise of Medicine campaign. This campaign, which ended in 2003, exceeded its goal by more than $100 million, raising $706.4 million for the Duke Medical Center.

Prior to assuming his current Duke post, Rum served as executive director of development for Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center, where he developed the capital campaign structure for what is now known as the McGovern-Davison Children's Health Center. His professional fund-raising career began with Special Olympics International in Washington, D.C., where he served as assistant vice president for development and marketing from 1988 to 1991. He then became assistant vice president and chief operating officer at the Children's National Medical Center Foundation in Washington, where he worked until joining Duke in 1995.

A graduate of Georgia Southern University, Rum holds a master's degree in administration from Ohio University. From 1978 to 1983 he played professional baseball in Italy and Japan.

Working with Rum will be Susan Cruse, executive director of the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, who has served as interim associate vice president for the past six months. "We are confident that Steve and Susan will be an outstanding team, and our alumni and development program in medicine will be stronger than ever," wrote Miller and Lindgren in a letter to JHM faculty and employees.

Rum replaces John Zeller, who in January left Johns Hopkins after 10 years to assume the role of vice president for development and alumni relations at the University of Pennsylvania.


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