Ralph holds the position of Chief of Research, Development Research Services, in the University Development Office of the Purdue Research Foundation. His main focus is on major gift prospect identification and research. Ralph directed the Development Research department at Purdue through its successful Purdue: Vision 21 campaign (1991-94). From 1986-91, he directed the Development Research department at the University of Chicago through its successful Campaign for the Arts and Sciences and in the early phase of the University’s Centennial Campaign. Ralph is currently in his fifth term on the board of the Indiana chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA). His board member duties have included developing sponsor relationships, organizing state conferences, editing the chapter newsletter, and serving as chapter president. Ralph has spoken at APRA International conferences and at APRA state conferences in Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana. He has written for APRA Connections, a professional journal.
Prior to his career in development, Ralph worked as the Business Reference Librarian at the University of Chicago. He also worked as General Reference Librarian for the University of Chicago and for Indiana University. Ralph holds a MLS from Indiana University and an AB from Wabash College. He may occasionally be seen treading the boards with community theatre groups. Come hear Ralph at the APRA-IN Basic Skills Workshop as he discusses Estimating Individual Gift Capacity.
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