Curtis R. Simic


Honorary Degree (2016)
Doctor of Humane Letters
IU Bloomington Honors Convocation
Location: Bloomington
Presenter: Michael A. McRobbie
Distinguished Alumni Service Award (2012)
University Medal (2008)
Location: Bloomington
Presenter: Michael A. McRobbie
Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion (1994)
Year End Review Meeting
Location: Bloomington
Presenter: Thomas Ehrlich


Curt Simic discovered his life's work while a student leader at Indiana University, and his career demonstrates clearly how he has shaped the world of higher education philanthropy through his work and his contributions to the profession.

Simic is recognized as a national leader in fundraising for higher education and, in his more than 40-year career, served at Yale University and the universities of Tennessee, Alabama, Oregon and California-Berkeley, before returning to IU as president of its foundation in 1988. The recipient of many awards and honors, Simic is a presenter and author on development topics and has been an advisor and consultant to many colleges, universities and non-profit organizations. Simic spent 13 years as the head of IU's official fund-raising agency, and in that time, gifts from the private sector increased from $37 million to more than $230.1 million in fiscal 2001, and the number of donors grew from nearly 63,000 to nearly 100,000. Since 1990, IU has consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the nation in total voluntary support from the private sector. It also became one of the top 15 among public universities in the market value of its endowment.

Simic also helped found the National Committee for Institutionally Related Foundations, now a part of CASE, and served on CASE's National Board of Trustees. For many years, he was a faculty member and then dean of the Big Ten Fundraisers Institute. In 2010, he was honored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with its Lifetime Achievement Award. CASE has more than 80,000 members worldwide and nearly 3,400 institutional members. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals whose professional accomplishments have made a significant and lasting impact on the field of higher education advancement and whose life and character have earned the respect and admiration of their colleagues. Those who know Simic cannot think of a more worthy recipient of such an award.