Newsmaker: Jay Carson
Noteworthy: Carson, senior vice president for institutional advancement at Robert Morris University in Moon, was named 2015 Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He will be recognized Nov. 12, National Philanthropy Day, at the Heinz History Center.
Residence: Highland Park
Family: Wife, Anita; three sons, twins Mackenzie and Jacob, 26, and Ryan, 23
Education: Bachelor's degree in English, University of Pittsburgh, 1978; master's degree in education, Pitt, 1981
Background: RMU recently raised more than $41 million, exceeding its capital campaign goal by $1 million. The university used the money to build academic buildings for its schools of business, communications and nursing. Before joining RMU in 2006, Carson held similar positions at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Quote: “It's wonderful to be honored by my colleagues and peers. It was very kind and gracious of them, so it's a humbling experience. There are a lot of fingerprints on this success. This is not done by Jay Carson. It's done by lots and lots of people.”