President James Edwards recently named Robert L. Coffman vice-president for Advancement. Coffman will serve the university in the same capacity previously managed by Ronald W. Moore during a career spanning 38 years. In this position, Coffman will become a member of the President’s Executive Staff and manage the areas and activities of Development, University Relations, Alumni Relations, and Church Relations.
“I am so pleased we have a person of Bob’s gifts, experience and dedication to bring his leadership to such an important area of university life,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “After doing a national search we have concluded that he is the very best person to lead the initiatives and activities that will resource our mission into the future.”
Coffman most recently served Anderson University as executive director and counsel for Development, a position he has held since1986. Prior to this assignment, he served Anderson University as internal counsel and grants officer. Coffman’s duties will include overseeing fund-raising activities including major and planned gifts, the university’s annual fund program, and corporate and foundational support; strengthening alumni, church and parent relations; and guiding the university relations and university communication programs. In addition, he will advise on the planning for the institution’s future capital campaigns.
“It has been a privilege to work with exceptionally talented advancement professionals at Anderson University over the course of my career,” said Coffman. “We have a legacy of tremendously successful leadership and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with such a gifted team to build on that foundation.”
Coffman received a Bachelor of Arts from Anderson University in 1972 and earned a Juris Doctor degree from Indiana University Law School in 1979. He serves on the board of directors for the American Council on Gift Annuities and is a member of the National Committee on Planned Giving, Planned Giving Group of Indiana and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Within the community of Anderson, Coffman serves on the Development Committees of Madison County United Way and the Madison County Community Foundation. He also has an extensive background as a recognized consultant in planned giving for a number of leading colleges and universities across the nation.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education and theology.