Robert Morris University Illinois is pleased to announce the appointment of Carolyn L. Branton Smith as the new Executive Director of Institutional Advancement.

Ms. Branton is an experienced fund raising professional who most recently served as director of development for the Black Ensemble Theater in Chicago. She spent several years as the Manager of Strategic Partnerships and Communications for Chicago Commons, as an account executive with Carol Fox and Associates, and as assistant director of development for the Chicago Sinfonietta.

A graduate of Columbia College Chicago where she obtained her Master of Arts in Management, she completed her undergraduate work in communications at Millikin University. She is currently a fellow in Chicago Urban League’s 2018 IMPACT Leadership Development Program in partnership with University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

“Robert Morris University is looking to expand its relationships with business, civic and cultural leaders and institutions in the greater Chicago area and throughout Illinois,” said RMU President Mablene Krueger. “We are confident Carolyn’s experience has positioned her well to lead the advancement team at Robert Morris in achieving those goals.”