INDIANAPOLIS -- IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz has appointed Amir Pasic, dean of the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, as the first incumbent to hold the school's named, endowed deanship.
Pasic's appointment as the Eugene R. Tempel Dean is effective immediately.
The Eugene R. Tempel Deanship, established in honor of Eugene R. Tempel, the founding dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, is the first named, endowed deanship at any of the seven Indiana University-administered campuses.
"The creation of the endowed deanship in honor of Gene Tempel is a fitting tribute to Gene’s legacy as one of the nation’s leading philanthropy scholars and administrators, and it speaks to the lofty aspirations we have for the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy," said Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie. "I have every confidence that Amir, who already has built on Gene’s outstanding work as dean in his first months in the role, will lead the school in a fashion befitting this honor."
Pasic joined the IUPUI administration in January as the second dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He came to IUPUI after serving as vice president for international operations with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, a global professional association serving educational institutions and their advancement professionals responsible for alumni relations, fundraising, communications, marketing and allied areas.
Pasic's wealth of experience and expertise in philanthropy and higher education leadership before coming to IUPUI also included serving as associate dean for development and strategic planning for the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University; deputy vice president of advancement at George Washington University; and a foundation officer at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
"The Tempel deanship is testament to the wisdom of the school's founding generation as they built an institution with the freedom to innovate in the field it helped to craft," Pasic said. "I find being the first incumbent both inspiring and daunting, which is how I think all subsequent deans will feel carrying forward the honor of Gene’s name."
The endowed philanthropy deanship is funded by several donors, including Bill and Irene Lilly McCutchen, who made the lead gift for the deanship through the Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Fund. The endowment was announced during the school’s “Celebration of Leadership” dinner honoring Tempel in September 2014.
"We are fortunate to appoint Amir Pasic as the first holder of the Tempel Deanship -- a living symbol of Gene's commitment to the highest level of research, teaching and ethical fundraising. We deeply appreciate the support of Irene and Bill McCutchen; Maureen and Jim Hackett; Bob Hartsook; and an anonymous donor for the values Gene exemplifies," Chancellor Bantz said.
An internationally recognized leader in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector for decades, Tempel played an integral role in envisioning and developing the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy -- the world's first school devoted to the study and teaching of philanthropy -- and its precursor, the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, which was part of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.
"This deanship is an appropriate way to honor Gene Tempel for his leadership in philanthropy and for his dedicated service to the university," said Nasser Paydar, IUPUI chancellor-select and executive vice chancellor. "Amir Pasic brings qualities of leadership and excellence that will sustain that legacy and keep the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy among the top programs in the world."