Wright State foundation names new leader

R. Scott Rash will join the Wright State University Foundation as president and CEO on Sept. 30.
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R. Scott Rash will join the Wright State University Foundation as president and CEO on Sept. 30.

Wright State University’s foundation has a new president and chief executive officer to lead it.

R. Scott Rash, a Randoph-Macon College graduate, was appointed by the foundation’s board of trustees and will start Sept. 30, according to a release.

Rash will be charged with advancing strategies for growth, building an endowment and developing new partnerships, according to the foundation. He will be employed directly by the foundation and will not work for the university.

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“We are very excited to have Scott join us as the foundation president and CEO,” said Andrea Kunk, chairwoman of the foundation board. “With a full-time foundation president, we are increasing our capacity to generate additional revenue beyond our traditional fundraising efforts, all with the goal of providing even more support to student initiatives and strategic university programs.”

Rash comes to the WSU Foundation from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania where he has served as vice president for university advancement since 2016. He previously served as executive director and chief development officer for the School of Engineering Foundation at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, according to the release.

“Throughout the hiring process I was inspired by the foundation board and university leadership’s commitment to enhancing the student experience,” Rash said. “Great things can be accomplished when that is the end game, and I look forward to helping make it happen in this role.”

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