3-4-2014

Contact: Amy Murray, 614-292-8385

Ohio State names new vice president of development

David Ripple will guide strategic fundraising priorities

The Ohio State University today announced that David Ripple will join the university as vice president of development. Ripple, whose appointment will be officially confirmed by the Board of Trustees at its next meeting, will start May 5. He comes to Ohio State from Wayne State University in Detroit, where he currently serves as president of the Wayne State University Foundation and vice president of development and alumni affairs.

At Ohio State, Ripple will oversee all central fundraising staff, partner with the university’s academic leaders and their development teams and collaborate with key volunteer leaders to increase support for the university. He will report to Michael Eicher, the university's senior vice president for advancement and president of The Ohio State University Foundation.

Eicher says Ripple’s role will be essential as the university’s $2.5 billion “But for Ohio State” campaign continues to move toward successful completion in 2016. Through the campaign, the university's alumni and friends are supporting five key priorities: placing students first, elevating faculty and the academic enterprise, creating modern learning environments, emboldening the research agenda and driving high-impact innovation.

"David is a seasoned fundraiser, a proven manager and a values-driven leader," said Eicher. "His depth of experiences and ability to build and execute an integrated fundraising strategy are critical as Ohio State continues to focus on the importance of increased philanthropic support."

Ripple has a strong background in securing support for non-profit organizations. He joined Wayne State in 2006 as associate vice president of development and alumni affairs. In 2008, David was promoted to vice president and oversaw the successful conclusion of Wayne State’s fundraising campaign, "Wayne First," which raised $500 million.

"I am honored to join The Ohio State University at this exciting moment in the institution's history," said Ripple. "The university's excellence grows each and every year, and its alumni and supporters are passionate about investing in its future."

Prior to working at Wayne State, Ripple served as executive director for CCS Fundraising, directing nonprofit clients on multi-million dollar campaigns, including Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Lutheran Social Services of Michigan and the Michigan Opera Theatre.

Ripple earned a bachelor’s degree from Madonna University and a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University.

About The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University is a dynamic community of diverse resources, where opportunity thrives and where individuals transform themselves and the world. Founded in 1870, Ohio State is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 57,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences and the professions.