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Rose-Hulman Chooses Institute’s VP As Interim President

Rose-Hulman has appointed Vice President Rob Coons to serve as interim president.

white chapel at Rose-Hulman

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The White Chapel at Rose-Hulman.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology named the school’s vice president and chief administrative officer as the interim president Monday, following the unexpected death of President Matt Branam last week.

Rob Coons joined Rose-Hulman in 1989 and was promoted to his most recent position in 2005.

“Through the years, Rob Coons has been at the table and has been a trusted voice as the Institute has built its first-in-class reputation,” William Fenoglio, chairman of Rose-Hulman’s Board of Trustee, said in a statement Monday. “With Rob’s intimate knowledge of our college, with his long tenure as a senior leader, and with his impressive executive skills, the campus is in good hands while the search process begins for a permanent successor to Matt Branam.”

Rose Hulman says it plans to begin a national search for a permanent president in the coming weeks. Branam died Friday at age 57 after a medical emergency in his office.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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