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Higher ed commission OKs IU philanthropy school

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The Indiana Commission for Higher Education signed off Friday on Indiana University's proposal to start a School of Philanthropy in Indianapolis.

No start date is set, but officials are hoping to see it launch next summer.

IU believes its School of Philanthropy will be the first in the world. The school will offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, programs that are already in place on the IUPUI campus. 

"The Center on Philanthropy has long been recognized as the leading research institute of its kind, and it makes major contributions to the study of philanthropy," IU President Michael McRobbie said in a prepared statement. "The transformation of the center to a new School of Philanthropy will allow us to take full advantage of other university resources in related areas and provide unparalleled educational and research opportunities in this area for our students."

IU Foundation chief Gene Tempel has been named senior fellow in philanthropy, effective Oct. 1, and will lead the planning and organization of the new school.

The 25-year-old Center on Philanthropy will continue providing research and training programs, including The Fund Raising School, the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, according to a press release. Executive Director Patrick Rooney will continue to serve in that role, directing all aspects of the center’s contributions to philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector. 

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