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June 21, 2012

Birmingham-Southern College names Robert Blakely as Vice President for Institutional Advancement

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Robert Blakely, director of development for Samford University's Brock School of Business, has been named the new vice president for institutional advancement at Birmingham-Southern College.obert Blakely

Blakely, a Birmingham resident who joined the Samford fundraising team in 2008, directs all facets of the Brock School of Business component of the university's five-year comprehensive campaign and annual fund. He will begin the position at Birmingham-Southern on July 10, taking over for Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement Pat Anderson-Flowers.

Blakely previously served as director of development for The Citadel, a highly ranked comprehensive military and civilian institution in Charleston, S.C., where his work contributed to The Citadel Foundation's successful completion of a $100 million capital campaign. Blakely also has served as assistant director of external relations at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., and assistant director of the annual fund at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.

"Robert brings extensive fundraising experience in higher education to Birmingham-Southern College," BSC President Gen. Charles C. Krulak said in making the announcement today. "He is recognized by his colleagues for his high energy, enthusiasm, and intellect, as well as for his team-building skills. Of critical importance is the fact that Robert is a man of great integrity and character that are so vital in the position he is undertaking."

A native of Springfield, Mass., Blakely received his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and his master's degree in higher education administration from the Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education.

"I am thrilled to have this opportunity at Birmingham-Southern College," Blakely said. "It is exciting to be joining a team where everything is rooted at heart in students' learning and personal transformation."

Active in various local civic matters, Blakely is a student mentor for the Alabama Poverty Project "Blueprints" program serving Woodlawn High School and an instructor for Junior Achievement of Birmingham, also at Woodlawn High School.

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