Gene Tempel, founding dean of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, will transition from that role to a faculty position at the end of 2014 as planned, university officials announced today.
An internationally recognized leader in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector for decades, Tempel played an integral role in envisioning, founding and developing the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy—the world’s first school dedicated to the study and teaching of philanthropy—and its precursor, the Center on Philanthropy.
"Indiana University owes Gene Tempel a large debt of gratitude, not only for his years of outstanding service but in particular for the passion and commitment he has shown as the founding dean of the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy," IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. "As a result of Gene's efforts, the Lilly Family School has further established IU's position as the premiere institution for the study of philanthropy, and is ideally positioned for the future."
Tempel helped create the school and initiated its naming in honor of the Lilly Family’s philanthropic leadership and the Lilly Family and Lilly Endowment Inc.’s generous support for the school and IU. He secured the school’s first permanent home in an IUPUI campus building on which construction began this month. In collaboration with the school’s faculty and directors, he oversaw creation of a constitution and bylaws and helped recruit four new core faculty members to serve its rapidly growing student body.
“It has been my privilege to serve IU in a number of leadership positions since 1980. I’m particularly grateful to the university for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help lead the development of the Philanthropic Studies field and to see it grow into the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy,” Tempel said. “I’m looking forward to joining my colleagues as a full-time member of its faculty, and to teaching and learning from the next generation of philanthropy leaders.”
After serving as the Center on Philanthropy’s executive director from 1997 to 2008, Tempel became president and CEO of Indiana University Foundation. In 2012, he returned to the center to head efforts to create the School of Philanthropy and was appointed founding dean. At the time he was appointed, Tempel said he would serve for two years to lead organization of the school, with the understanding that a search for his successor would begin in the second year.
“Gene Tempel’s contributions throughout his distinguished career have strengthened and advanced Indiana University and IUPUI immeasurably,” said Charles R. Bantz, chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and executive vice president of Indiana University. “Through his superb vision and direction, what began as a glimmer of an idea is now a first-of-its-kind, world-class School of Philanthropy and a global field of study. The school’s internationally acclaimed research, academic programs and training bring tremendous recognition and unlimited opportunities to IU and IUPUI. We are grateful for Gene’s leadership and please that he will remain as a member of the school’s faculty.”
During Tempel’s tenure, he and the faculty, directors, staff and board of visitors for the school and center have made many important contributions to the nonprofit sector and to philanthropy education, research and practice, including:
- Developing a cutting-edge program of research that is vital to understanding the nonprofit sector and provides translational research to strengthen nonprofit organizations.
- Expanding a new academic field of study, Philanthropic Studies, and serving as a model for other universities nationally and internationally.
- Creating the nation’s first traditional Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies; its graduates conduct research to aid nonprofits and are the first generation trained to teach in this field.
- Creating the nation’s first endowed faculty chair in philanthropy and establishing nine such chairs, the largest number anywhere.
- Developing The Fund Raising School into an international program that has taught in more than 40 countries and expanding its courses that train thousands of people each year.
- Establishing Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, bringing the Women’s Philanthropy Institute to IU, and developing them into the nation’s leading resources for these areas of philanthropy.
- Convening key national nonprofit leaders and scholars to address pressing issues.
- Securing $75.4 million in gifts and pledges toward the school’s goal of a $100 million endowment, including receiving a $40 million endowment grant from Lilly Endowment to help permanently support the school’s operations and expand knowledge about philanthropy, and receiving an approximately $10 million gift from Ruth Lilly to establish the Ruth Lilly Professorship Program, which helps recruit and retain outstanding faculty.
“All that has been accomplished over the past 27 years and the groundwork that is in place for future success is due largely to the outstanding efforts and dedication of our excellent directors, staff and faculty and to the sage advice and philanthropic support of our board of visitors. I’m honored to have served with them,” Tempel said. “The school has an exceptionally talented team, and I look forward to the next dean’s leadership in building on the foundation they laid.”
A long-time leader of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ ethics committee, expert advisor to Independent Sector’s Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, and the first elected president of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council, Tempel has received numerous honors including the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education. The NonProfit Times named him to its annual list of the 50 most influential nonprofit sector leaders in 12 of the list’s 16 years and named him “2013 Influencer of the Year.”
Tempel will complete his tenure as dean on December 31, 2014. Following a year of research, course preparation and family time, he will return to the school as a full-time faculty member.
A search committee appointed by Bantz is launching a national search for Tempel’s successor. The committee is chaired by Andrew R. Klein, dean and professor at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law. AGB Search is assisting with the search. The committee will interview top candidates and recommend finalists to Bantz.
“Gene’s leadership has set the standard high, and identifying the best person to serve as the school’s next dean will be an exciting challenge,” Klein said. “We are committed to conducting a thorough, nationwide search for the ideal person to provide the vision and guidance to build on the sound foundation that has been established and lead the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy into its promising future of improving philanthropy.”
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