Last modified: Thursday, November 19, 2009
WFIU Radio to feature interview with former IU Foundation president Curtis R. Simic
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 19, 2009
Bloomington, Ind. -- WFIU Public Radio will air a special "Profiles" interview with Curtis R. Simic, president emeritus of the Indiana University Foundation, on Nov. 29 (Sunday) at 7 p.m.
In the interview, conducted by Executive Director of Radio and Television Services Perry Metz, Simic will discuss his experiences fundraising at institutions across the nation -- including University of California-Berkeley and Yale University -- and his longtime dream to return to IU. "You have dreams, and sometimes they don't come true as you hope they do," said Simic, who became president of the IU Foundation in 1988, retiring in 2008. "This one came true."
It was the Hoosier way of life that pulled him back to IU, Simic said. And in his eyes, it is the Hoosier way of life and loyalty to the university that is to be given credit for the enduring quality of the institution. Audio of this interview will be available for streaming beginning Nov. 30 (Monday), at the WFIU "Profiles" Web page, wfiu.org/profiles/. "Profiles" is a weekly radio program featuring a new guest each week, ranging from painters to journalists, delving into the person behind the persona.
Simic is widely recognized as a national leader in fundraising for higher education, management of foundations and foundation-institution relationships. As president of the IU Foundation, he was the chief development officer for IU, responsible for oversight of all fundraising in a multicampus development operation with centralized and decentralized functions, investment of the endowment and development-related administrative services and infrastructure.
The recipient of many awards and honors, Simic is a presenter and author on development topics and has been an advisor and consultant to many colleges, universities and non-profit organizations.
WFIU, Public Radio from Indiana University, broadcasts in Bloomington at 103.7-FM, with translators in Columbus at 100.7-FM, French Lick/West Baden at 101.7-FM, Greensburg at 98.9-FM, Kokomo at 106.1-FM and Terre Haute at 95.1-FM. WFIU is an NPR member station offering local and national news as well as jazz and classical music. For more information, see http://wfiu.org/index.php.