UC Foundation President

Rodney M. Grabowski, CFRE

Rodney M. Grabowski, CFRERodney Grabowski, University of Cincinnati Foundation president, is a highly qualified executive manager offering more than 23 years of fundraising, leadership and management experience. Rod comes to UC from the University of South Florida (USF) where he served as senior associate vice president for the university advancement and campaign director. Among his accomplishments, Rod was responsible for the branding and successful completion of the USF Unstoppable Campaign, the largest fundraising and outreach effort in the University’s history, as well as an annual giving program in excess of $85 million.

Prior to his tenure at USF, Mr. Grabowski held key development positions at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville University and Alfred University in New York. In addition to his more than 23 years of fundraising leadership and management experience, Rod brings a strong understanding of higher education’s unique fundraising landscape. He possesses the visionary leadership needed to help the University of Cincinnati achieve its strategic goals.

Rod holds a Master of Business Administration in International Business from the University of North Florida and Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Syracuse University. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and holds memberships from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).


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