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Laura Rose Named Stevens’ Vice President for Development and Alumni Engagement

In joining Stevens, Rose will lead fundraising initiatives as part of the university’s ambitious The Power of Stevens campaign

A headshot of Laura Rose in a blue blazer
Laura Rose will become the vice president of development and alumni engagement on May 11, 2020.

(Hoboken, N.J. – April 9, 2020) – Laura Rose, an accomplished leader with more than two decades of experience in educational and nonprofit advancement, has been appointed Stevens Institute of Technology’s vice president for the Division of Development and Alumni Engagement, effective May 11, 2020.

In her role, Rose will undertake the ambitious challenges of completing Stevens’ $200 million campaign, The Power of Stevens, increasing alumni engagement and continuing to build world-class development and alumni engagement programs. 

“Ms. Rose was selected from an extremely competitive pool of applicants from across the U.S.,” said President Nariman Farvardin. “I am confident that Ms. Rose possesses the experience as well as the leadership, management, team-building and interpersonal skills needed to meet and exceed Stevens’ ambitious development and alumni engagement goals.”       

Rose joins Stevens with more than 20 years of experience as a fundraising executive at two major research universities and at one of the world’s premier museums. She has led teams of fundraisers, served as a major and principal gift fundraiser, worked with alumni and volunteer boards, and academic leadership, and helped to advance multi-billion-dollar capital campaigns. She has led and built effective and highly-functioning development and alumni engagement teams by assessing program and staff, building capacity for growth, and mentoring and training teams.  

Most recently at the American Museum of Natural History, where she has served as vice president for development and membership since 2013, Rose led individual fundraising efforts including major and planned gifts, membership and annual fund, benefit events, and corporate relations in support of the Museum's programs, operations and capital program.

Before joining the American Museum of Natural History, Rose served as senior executive director for development, Columbia College and Arts & Sciences, where she achieved successive record-breaking years for the College Fund. She also oversaw the college’s campaign, managed a campaign committee and an advisory board, led a team of 30 major gift and annual fund gift officers, and served as a frontline gift officer.  

Over a 14-year career at the University of Chicago and based in New York, she ascended to positions of increasing responsibility and scope leading teams of major, principal and leadership annual gift officers.  She managed the university’s alumni relations and development programs in the northeast, western U.S., Europe, and parts of Asia and oversaw regional offices in London, Palo Alto, New York, Boston and Washington, D.C.

“I am deeply honored to have been selected to work with President Farvardin and his stellar team to advance Stevens’ mission,” said Rose. “It is thrilling to join Stevens in the midst of a fundraising campaign that has achieved incredible momentum, and I look forward to building on that progress in partnership with the board and university leadership. I cannot wait to engage alumni, parents and friends in the compelling work of Stevens’ faculty and students and to nurture a culture of philanthropy among the Stevens community.”

Rose earned a bachelor of arts in French (cum laude) and a minor in art history from Wellesley College. She also matriculated at the Sorbonne and École du Louvre during her undergraduate education. 

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About Stevens Institute of Technology 

Stevens Institute of Technology is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, New Jersey overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Since our founding in 1870, technological innovation has always been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research. Within the university’s three schools and one college, 6,900 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate closely with faculty in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment. A range of academic and research programming spanning business, computing, engineering, the arts and other fields actively advances the frontiers of science and leverages technology to confront our most pressing global challenges. The university is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on tuition investment, career services and the mid-career salaries of alumni.

Stevens media contact: Thania Benios, 917-930-5988, [email protected]