School of Engineering and Technology names Tami Tarpley new assistant dean for development

  • Aug. 21, 2014


INDIANAPOLIS-- The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has named Tami Tarpley assistant dean of development and external relations.

Her role will include planning, directing, managing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising and constituency/alumni relations program for the school and its academic programs and research centers. She also will serve as a member of the IU Foundation’s fundraising team and the dean’s senior management team. Tarpley will work closely with the Dean’s Industrial Advisory Council, the Engineering and Technology Alumni Board of Directors and departmental and program-based industrial advisory boards.

“Ms. Tarpley brings vision, experience and a philanthropic spirit that will enhance continued success within the school,” said David Russomanno, dean of the school. “I look forward to working with her as the school expands the effectiveness and impact of its students, alumni and industry partners.”

Bringing many years of development experience to her new position, Tarpley most recently served as director of development and external relations for the IU School of Optometry in Bloomington. In this role, she secured major, planned and annual gifts, as well as grants and sponsorships that supported the School of Optometry’s mission. She also led alumni relations and branding efforts for the school.

In addition to increasing charitable giving and alumni engagement at the IU School of Optometry, Tarpley established the inaugural Dean’s Development Council and secured funding to revive the school’s vision care outreach programs for underserved populations across the state. She previously served as director of strategic initiatives for the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning at IUPUI, and director of philanthropic and community initiatives at TechPoint/TechPoint Foundation.

Tarpley received a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University. She completed her graduate studies at IUPUI, earning a master’s degree from the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, a graduate certificate from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a certificate from The Fund Raising School.

Richard Schneider
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