.] "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
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
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