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AIDB introduces Dr. Ben Bruce as Vice President of Institutional Advancement
January 29, 2016 — Dr. Ben Bruce, who most recently served as Vice President for University Advancement at Faulkner University, will assume the new role of Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind on February 1.
Dr. Bruce has an Associate of Arts degree from Western Oklahoma State College; a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Ministry degrees from Freed-Hardeman University; Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Liberty University and has completed coursework toward a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Johnson University in Tennessee.
He served as Vice President for University Advancement at Faulkner University in Montgomery for seven years and previously served in roles at Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee including Director of Development, Annual Giving and Telemarketing.
While at Faulkner, Dr. Bruce provided leadership to secure funds for construction of the football field and stadium, a soccer complex, learning center, dinner theatre and complex management, the purchase and renovation of an extension center, classroom/office building and expansion of the law center. He was also instrumental in securing speakers for an annual Benefit Dinner including Tom Brokaw, Dr. Ben Carson, Bill O’Reilly, George and Laura Bush and Sarah Palin. The Faulkner Alumni Association was created and the alumni giving percentage tripled during his tenure. A University-wide Marketing Department was also established.
Dr. Bruce is active and has served in leadership roles in the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, the Business Council of Alabama, the Sunrise Montgomery Rotary Club, the River Region United Way, the Brantwood Children’s Home and Leadership Montgomery Board of Directors. He has been a guest speaker at various churches, spent ten years in full-time and youth ministry and has led mission activities and campaigns to Kakinada, India; the Darien Jungle and San Blas Island, Panama, and in numerous U.S. cities.
“We are pleased to have someone of Dr. Bruce’s background and experience join our AIDB leadership team,” said President Dr. John Mascia. “He has proven himself to be an effective fundraiser and gifted at developing leadership potential and relationships in the statewide community. I believe that his experience in fundraising, networking and marketing combined with his genuine heart for ministry and the mission of AIDB will make him an invaluable addition to our team.”
“I have already been impressed by the diversity and impact of Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind on the lives of children and adults in our state,” said Dr. Bruce. “I look forward to becoming a part of the AIDB family.”
Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is the nation’s most comprehensive organization serving individuals who are deaf, blind, deafblind and other disabilities from birth through aging. Established in 1858, AIDB operates five campuses in Talladega and eight regional centers serving more than 23,500 individuals annually throughout all 67 counties of the state. Campus programs include Alabama School for the Deaf, Alabama School for the Blind, Helen Keller School (for deafblind and multidisabled children), the Gentry Facility (a postsecondary rehabilitation program for adults) and Alabama Industries for the Blind (a manufacturing facility and the state’s largest employer of blind adults). Regional Centers are located in Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Tuscumbia.