Oliver Innovation Fund

Augustana President Rob Oliver

Rob Oliver’s email signature includes one of his favorite scripture references from the book of Proverbs: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

During his 11-year tenure as president of Augustana University, Oliver’s vision was to create an “Augustana like never before” — positioning this university among America’s premier church-related, higher education institutions. He understood that in order to achieve this vision, a rigorous academic program would be central to the University’s mission. As a member of the Board of Trustees for 12 years and a professor in the business administration department for two, Oliver said he has long-admired the AU faculty’s disciplinary expertise, pedagogical prowess and ability to challenge students to bring out their best.

Following the news of his retirement, alumni and friends have stepped forward to honor his service to AU.

“We wanted to create an opportunity to honor his 25 years of service to Augustana. A generous gift from an Augustana alumnus and former trustee, acknowledging Rob’s successful presidency, established the Oliver Innovation Fund,” said Bob Preloger, vice president for advancement at Augustana.

“Rob’s vision for the Fund is to provide venture capital to inspire the faculty to create transformative student-centered learning experiences that will prepare Augustana students to make meaningful impacts across the globe, thereby enhancing the academic program and stature of the University. The Oliver Innovation Fund will provide grants to faculty through an application process administered by the Office of the Dean of the University.

The Fund is designed to support ideas that foster creativity, embrace innovation and entrepreneurship and help the University achieve new levels of excellence.”

For more information about the Oliver Innovation Fund, contact Bob Preloger, vice president for Advancement.