Patrick M. Rooney, Ph.D., has been named the associate dean of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
Rooney has been the executive director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, the precursor to the School of Philanthropy, since 2008. As associate dean for academic affairs and research, he will direct all of the new School’s academic, degree and research programs and activities. His appointment is effective January 1, 2013.
“With the transformation of the Center on Philanthropy into the world’s first School of Philanthropy and the maturation and recognition of this field of study, our associate dean must be exceptionally well qualified to guide the School in its most central roles,” said Gene Tempel, founding dean of the School.
“Patrick is a highly respected national leader in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, and he has sterling academic credentials and world-class expertise in philanthropy research,” Tempel said. “He is the perfect person to lead the academic and research aspects of our work, which are the heart of the School of Philanthropy.”
Rooney will oversee the School’s bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in Philanthropic Studies, as well as recruitment and services for its students. A professor of Philanthropic Studies and Economics and a member of Indiana University’s interdisciplinary Philanthropic Studies Faculty since 1998, Rooney will be responsible for developing and expanding the faculty, including recruiting several new faculty members who will teach and conduct research in the School.
As associate dean, Rooney will ensure that the School of Philanthropy’s foundation in the humanities and social sciences remains central to its academic and research programs. He will work with faculty and staff of the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI and in Bloomington, and other university colleagues who focus on understanding and teaching about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.
Rooney will expand and enhance the School’s research initiatives, as well as opportunities for faculty, staff and students to engage in research. Una Osili, director of research, and Dwight Burlingame, director of academic programs, will continue in those roles under Rooney’s leadership.
In addition to the academic and research programs, The Fund Raising School, the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute and International Programs will also continue and be enhanced in the new School under the leadership of their current directors, who will report to the founding dean.
“It is a tremendous honor to join Gene in helping to lead the further development of the School of Philanthropy,” Rooney said. “I look forward to working with our faculty and with colleagues at other universities to serve our students and the philanthropic and nonprofit sector.”
“Our academic programs and research are the foundation of the School’s mission,” Rooney continued. “Through them, students, philanthropists and professionals gain the knowledge and skills to provide thoughtful, innovative leadership and make a meaningful difference in the world. It is a privilege to play a key role in guiding this exciting new endeavor on their behalf.”
Rooney is president of the board of the nationwide Nonprofit Academic Centers Council. He is a member of national nonprofit sector boards and advisory groups such as the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability Panel of Nonprofit Leaders. He has served on advisory committees for the U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. Bureau of the Census’ Current Population Survey, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Independent Sector. His participation on nonprofit organizations’ boards and committees includes the Techpoint Foundation, the Rollins College Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center, the United Way of Central Indiana Strategic Planning Committee and the Children’s Bureau of Indianapolis.
Before becoming executive director of the Center on Philanthropy, Rooney served as its chief operating officer and was director of research from 1999 to 2008. He created the Center’s formal in-house research program, building it into one of the premier philanthropy research organizations in the world. He oversaw its signature research project, the Center on Philanthropy Panel Study (COPPS) and led its ongoing research projects, including the research and writing for Giving USA, which is produced by Giving USA Foundation.
Rooney coordinated the Center’s extensive contract research program, guiding research for clients such as Bank of America, United Way Worldwide, the Business Civic Leadership Center of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Express, among others. He also created and supported a Philanthropic Studies Faculty Research Committee. In 2008, he and the Center’s research team received the John Grenzebach Research Award for Outstanding Published Scholarship from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Previously, Rooney served as assistant dean for academic programs for Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (Indiana) He was special assistant to the Chancellor of IUPUI, who was also the Indiana University Vice President for Long-Range Planning. He has held a variety of academic administrator positions at IUPUI, including serving on the Faculty Council, the Budgetary Affairs Committee, the campus-wide Promotion and Tenure Committee and the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching.
Rooney received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame. He earned a Certificate of Management Development at Harvard University and a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from The Fund Raising School.