Rose-Hulman names director of alumni relations

Brandon Zollner

Brandon Zollner has been named executive director of alumni relations at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Zollner has spent the past six years as a member of Rose-Hulman’s advancement team, serving as director of corporate and foundation relations and assistant director of the comprehensive Mission Driven Campaign for Rose-Hulman, which seeks to raise $250 million through 2020.

Zollner has been working with alumni affiliated with some 30 corporate partners to develop relationships that have generated millions in annual contributions from corporate and foundation sources. He has assisted with gift prospect identification and solicitation, managed volunteer and campus campaign committees, and coordinated public relations efforts for all aspects of the fundraising cultivation process.

“After a national search resulted in several high-quality candidates, we found that the ideal person was already on our campus, and well familiar with our goals and aspirations,” said Steve Brady, vice president for institutional advancement.

As executive director of alumni relations, Zollner will oversee an office within Institutional Advancement that works with the Alumni Association and collaborates with other alumni and campus groups to build alumni volunteerism and engagement.

Zollner came to Rose-Hulman in 2013 after serving nine years in a variety of roles, including director of corporate and foundation relations, within the advancement team at Saint Louis University, his alma mater. 

At Saint Louis University, Zollner earned a master of business administration and a bachelor’s degree in meteorology. He also has a professional certificate in nonprofit board management from Boardsource, formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards.