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School of Engineering and Technology names new Assistant Dean for Development and External Relations

August 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has named Tami Tarpley as assistant dean for development and external relations.

Bringing many years of development experience to her new position, Tarpley most recently served as director of development and external relations for the IU School of Optometry (IUSO) in Bloomington. In this role, she secured major, planned, and annual gifts, as well as grants and sponsorships that supported IUSO’s mission. She also led alumni relations and branding efforts for the School. In addition to increasing charitable giving and alumni engagement at IUSO, Tarpley established the inaugural Dean’s Development Council and secured funding to revive the School’s vision care outreach programs for underserved populations across the state. Prior to her position at IU Bloomington, she served as director of strategic initiatives for the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning at IUPUI, director of philanthropic and community initiatives at TechPoint/TechPoint Foundation, and has led a series of award-winning marketing campaigns.

Tarpley’s role with the School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI will include planning, directing, managing, and implementing a comprehensive fundraising and constituency/alumni relations program for the School and its academic programs and research centers. She will also serve as a member of the Indiana University Foundation’s fundraising team and the Dean’s Senior Management Team, and work closely with the Dean’s Industrial Advisory Council, the Engineering and Technology Alumni Board of Directors, and departmental and program based industrial advisory boards.

“Ms. Tarpley brings vision, experience, and a philanthropic spirit that will enhance continued success within the School,” said David Russomanno, dean of the School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI. “I look forward to working with her as the School expands the effectiveness and impact of its students, alumni and industry partners.”

Tarpley has a proven ability to identify and secure funding for large-scale initiatives, operations, and academic programs. Her areas of expertise include multi-institutional fundraising campaigns, grantsmanship, donor cultivation, annual/major/planned gifts, gift stewardship, foundation and corporate relations, communications, branding, alumni relations, special events and staff leadership. Tarpley received her Bachelor of Science in History and Communications from Ball State University. She completed her graduate studies on the IUPUI campus, earning a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies from the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from The Fund Raising School.