April 26, 2005

Jeff Lorber named associate vice chancellor at SIUC

by Bonnie Marx

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A person with an outstanding record of university fund-raising is now on board at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, in charge of the annual, constituent, corporate, foundation and planned giving officers at the SIU Foundation.

Jeff Lorber, a native of Muscatine, Iowa, began his tenure this month as associate vice chancellor for institutional advancement. His appointment is subject to ratification by the SIU Board of Trustees.

At previous posts, Lorber was responsible doubling annual gifts at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Ind., and coordinating the then-largest gift in the history of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, a $47.7 million gift of design software for the university's College of Engineering.

He also has held positions at Northern Illinois University, Butler University, the University of Northern Iowa and Washington University (St. Louis.)

"I'm delighted to have Jeff join the advancement team here at Southern," said Rickey N. McCurry, vice chancellor for institutional advancement. "His prior experience, coupled with his desire for success, will be a great asset to our University and our staff. We have made great strides in our advancement program over the last few years and Jeff's addition will help to elevate the program even further."

Lorber will serve as director for SIUC's upcoming comprehensive campaign (McCurry will serve as the executive director) and says he is excited to be working at SIUC.

"Having worked around the Midwest, I know the reputation of SIUC," Lorber said. "I'm really looking forward to being a part of the comprehensive capital campaign and in taking the institution to the next level. My colleagues from other institutions are kind of envious of me coming here. I'm excited to carry the message to alumni, donors and other friends."

"Building relationships and cultivating resources is a major focus of the Southern at 150 plan," McCurry said, "and Jeff will play an important role in assisting us in achieving the Division of Institutional Advancement's mission of advancing public understanding, building and strengthening lifelong relationships, and enhancing philanthropy in support of Southern Illinois University Carbondale."

Lorber earned his doctorate of education in educational administration and policy studies from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2001. He holds a master's degree in college student personnel from Western Illinois University at Macomb and a bachelor's degree in communication/public relations from the University of Northern Iowa at Cedar Falls.

Lorber's wife, Sandy, and their son, Jack, will join him in Southern Illinois in mid-May.


Increasing giving to support research, scholarship and creative endeavors is among the goals of "Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment," the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th birthday in 2019.