Robert M. Stuart Jr. Named Interim President and CEO of the LSU Foundation
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Foundation Board of Directors has named LSU alumnus Robert M. Stuart Jr. interim president and CEO of the LSU Foundation effective Jan. 1, 2020. Stuart will succeed J. Bryan Benchoff, who recently announced that he will retire effective Dec. 31, 2019, following a nearly 40-year career in fundraising.
Stuart is the first chairperson of the LSU Foundation National Board; chairman of the LSU Real Estate and Facilities Foundation, an affiliate of the LSU Foundation; and immediate past chairperson of the LSU Foundation Board of Directors. During his term as chairperson of the LSU Foundation Board of Directors, Stuart led the board in preparing LSU for the launch of Louisiana’s largest capital campaign for higher education. As chair of the LSU REFF’s Charity Hospital Redevelopment Project Management Committee, he had a critical role in working to bring the historic building back into commerce. Also at LSU, he was chair of the LSU Task Force on Greek Life.
Stuart is the former national head of middle market corporate banking at Capital One, for which he led regional and national teams in middle market banking, as well as teams in energy banking, government banking and wealth and asset management. Additionally, Stuart has served as chair of the board of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Woman’s Hospital. He has been a board member for many other organizations, including the Council For A Better Louisiana, Public Affairs Research Council, Blueprint Louisiana, the Tiger Athletic Foundation and The Committee of 100.
“Rob is uniquely positioned to step into this role seamlessly given his experience,” said LSU Foundation Board of Directors Chairperson Clarence P. Cazalot Jr. “He has been deeply involved in setting the strategic vision for the LSU Foundation and its Board of Directors for many years, knows the leadership team well, and is a well-respected, lifelong resident of Baton Rouge with two degrees from LSU. He exemplifies the caliber of leaders that LSU produces.”
As interim president and CEO of the LSU Foundation, Stuart will lead the LSU Foundation’s collaborative efforts with LSU’s campuses statewide to reach the $1.5 billion Fierce for the Future Campaign goal. The campaign, LSU’s third ever and the first to unite its campuses, recently surpassed the halfway point a full year earlier than expected. Of the $801 million raised so far, $710 million has been given in support of the flagship campus, with $427 million (60 percent) given in support of academics, $269 million (38 percent) given in support of athletics, and almost $15 million (2 percent) given to the LSU Alumni Association.
In the coming months, the LSU Foundation Board of Directors will move forward to establish permanent leadership in the president and CEO position. Continuity and support for the LSU Foundation team, with a focus on sustaining the success experienced during Benchoff’s tenure, are of paramount importance to the board during this transition period.
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