After joining Duke in February of 2005 as the department's director of athletic development, Tom Coffman has been elevated to Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development.
Coffman came to Durham after serving the previous three years as a senior vice president, endowments at the Orthopaedic Research & Education Foundation in Rosemont, Ill. In this capacity, Coffman guided the fund-raising efforts for major gifts while directing the organization's $100 million Anniversary Campaign.
A 1974 graduate of Heidelberg College, Coffman is a past president of both Cure International (2000-02) and Orthopaedic Research & Education Foundation (1997-2000). His experience on the collegiate level stems from stints at Tiffin University (director of athletics and dean of men from 1974-78 & 1980-81 and director of alumni relations and development from 1981-82), Albion College (vice president for institutional advancement from 1986-88; also served in other capacities from 1982-86) and University of Missouri-Rolla (vice chancellor for university advancement from 1988-92).
After over 15 years on college campuses, Coffman joined the Orthopaedic Research & Education Foundation in 1992 as executive vice president and CEO before being named President and CEO in 1997.
A native of Greenville, Ohio, Coffman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Heidelberg College in 1974, and later received a master's degree in education from Bowling Green State University in 1976. Coffman was enshrined in the Heidelberg College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Tiffin University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.
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