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Steven Rum

Mr. Steven A. Rum

Steven A. Rum is Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations for the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine. He oversees a staff of 147 employees and a budget of over $23 million. Since Mr. Rum’s arrival at Hopkins in 2005, annual funds raised have increased steadily to $313.8 million in FY 2013; total gifts and pledges have averaged $300 million per year, with a peak in FY 2008 of $425 million. 

Mr. Rum is known for his success in leadership philanthropy. Under his direction, the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine raised $375 million for Sheikh Zayed Tower and the Bloomberg Children’s Center; he personally closed a $100 million gift which enabled creation of the Brain Science Institute in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. From 2000 to 2008, he directed the medical development effort for the Johns Hopkins University Knowledge for the World campaign, in which Hopkins became the first academic medical center to reach the $2 billion mark. Contributing to the overall campaign goal of $3.2 billion, the Fund’s goal was $2 billion; Rum and his staff raised $2.1 billion.

Mr. Rum previously served as Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs at Duke University Medical Center (1995-2005), where he led a seven-year campaign, Keeping the Promise of Medicine. He and his team exceeded their campaign goal of $600 million by more than $100 million, raising $706.4 million for the Medical Center, including the Duke Children’s Health Center, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Eye Center, and Schools of Medicine and Nursing.

Mr. Rum’s professional fundraising career began with Special Olympics International in Washington, DC, where he served as Assistant Vice President for Development and Marketing from 1988 to 1991. He then served as Assistant Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Children’s National Medical Center Foundation in Washington until joining Duke in 1995.

Mr. Rum earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University, and his master’s degree in administration from Ohio University. From 1978 to 1983 he played professional baseball in Italy and Japan.

An avid cyclist and boating enthusiast, Mr. Rum lives with his wife, Carol Rum, in Annapolis. They have three adult children.

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