Posted by William Nunnelley on 2008-03-05

Robert O. Blakely, director of development at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., has been named major gift officer for Samford University's Brock School of Business. He will begin his Samford duties March 31.

Blakely has served as The Citadel's major gifts officer since 2006, securing gifts in excess of $700,000 during his initial year ending in 2007. He was the primary gift officer and liaison for The Citadel School of Business Administration and its advisory board.

He helped The Citadel to successfully complete a $100 million capital campaign.

A professional fundraiser for 14 years, Blakely served previously at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., and with The Share Group, a fundraising company in Amherst, Mass.

Blakely is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with summer study in 2002 at Trinity College, Oxford University, in England.

Brock School of Business benefactor Harry B. Brock, Jr., recently committed to helping the business school raise $100 million in endowment. Blakely will assist in this effort as well as other fundraising endeavors for the business school and at Samford.

About Samford UniversitySamford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.