June 14, 2000

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ROCHESTER, NY – The Eastman School of Music recently appointed Bruce Van Hise of Rochester as its new director of development and campaign manager, effective July 17. In this position, he will direct the School’s overall development efforts, with a special focus on the management of major fundraising campaigns.

Van Hise currently serves as president of Brockport College Foundation at SUNY Brockport, where he has overseen development, alumni relations, and government relations since 1997. Prior to that, he was executive director of Rundel Library Foundation for six years, with overall responsibility for a campaign to support construction of Rochester Public Library’s new Central Library facility and major renovation and rehabilitation of the historic Rundel Memorial Building. He also has worked in development for the local chapter of the American Red Cross, the National Jazz Service Organization in Washington, DC, and for the Fine Arts Fund in Cincinnati, Ohio, the nation’s oldest united arts appeal.

"The Eastman School is about to enter a period of increased fundraising activity to help us reach our goals for scholarship support, improved instrument stock, and the Eastman Theatre renovation and addition," said James Undercofler, director of the School. "I believe Bruce’s experience in fundraising for both the arts and higher education will be a great asset to our development efforts in the coming years."

A 35-year Rochester resident, Van Hise received his MBA in marketing from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1993, and also holds a master’s degree in arts administration from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from Syracuse University. Prior to college, he studied guitar in Eastman’s Community Education Division (CED), and for many years maintained an active performing and teaching schedule.


Note to editors: A photograph of Van Hise is available electronically.