WELCOME TO OUR NEW Director of Advancement
Dear Friends of Berkshire,
I am thrilled to announce the appointment of Rob Schur as Berkshire’s new Director of Advancement, effective July 6, 2015. Rob joins the Berkshire family after serving most recently as Associate Director of Advancement at Pingry School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. While at Pingry, Rob oversaw the school’s advancement operations, communications, development systems, and prospect research and reporting, and also served as an assistant coach for the varsity football team.
Rob’s move to western Massachusetts is a bit of a homecoming for the Schur family. Though he is a West Milford, New Jersey native, Rob lived in Amherst for 17 years from 1994 to 2011 and graduated from Amherst College in 1998 with a B.A. in political science, and received his M.Ed. in secondary education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2002. Rob’s wife, Jane, attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
where she majored in elementary education and later earned her Massachusetts teaching credentials and master’s degree in education. The Schurs have two sons, Robbie (8) and Chet (6) and live on campus in Weil House.
Rob has an impressive background which spans both institutional fundraising and corporate management. He held front-line fundraising roles at Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., as they successfully executed a $425 million campaign. In the private sector, Rob was an executive within the Federated Group, Inc. in Arlington Heights, Ill., where he served as director of their supply chain and logistics subsidiary and their international sales and brokerage team. Before entering the advancement field, Rob coached football at the collegiate level for nine years at Amherst and Ithaca College.
When asked about his new role at Berkshire, Rob shared, “From my time at Amherst, I always admired Berkshire from afar. The idyllic campus with a mountain backdrop seemed like the perfect place to live, work, study and grow. When I visited this winter, I found a community that was so proud of ‘their own’ Berkshire. The energy on campus, in the community, and embodied by school leadership is contagious. Seeing a tremendous institution so uniquely poised and prepared to take its next steps was truly something I couldn’t wait to be a part of. I’m really looking forward to working together to engage all members of the Berkshire family and to build on all of the School’s success.”
Rob met with many alumni at Reunion Weekend in June, and he is eager to get to know even more of our extended Berkshire family as he begins his work this summer. I hope you will have a chance to meet Rob at one of our upcoming receptions or on campus sometime soon. His energy, experience, and commitment leave Berkshire’s advancement efforts in the best of hands as we move forward. Please join me in welcoming Rob and Jane and their family to the Berkshire community.
Head of School