Rodney P. Kirsch


School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award (2008)
Indiana University Bloomington
School of Education
M.S. 1982
IU Foundation President's Medallion (2008)


Rod Kisch is the senior vice president for development and alumni relations at Pennsylvania State University. Kirsch first joined Penn State in 1996 as the vice president for development and alumni relations, and was promoted in 2006 to his current position. Throughout his time at Penn State, Kirsch has led the Grand Destiny Campaign, which raised over a billion dollars for the university. In his role, he oversees a department of 350 employees responsible for development and alumni relations at the 24 campuses of the Penn State University system.

During his career in university fundraising, Kirsch has also worked for Indiana University, University of California at Berkeley, and Drake University. He is also a current faculty member of the Big Ten Fundraisers Institute.

Kirsch earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of North Dakota, where he graduated summa cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors. He also earned a master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University in Bloomington.