1/22/2020 Amy Cuhel-Schuckers

College Grants News-Special (Spring 2020)

Farewell to Ryan J. Sauder 

The Office of College Grants team is sorry to see him go, but we wish Ryan J. Sauder well in his new role as Chief Development Officer at the Hastings Center, an independent, interdisciplinary research institute focused on bioethics. Ryan’s last day at the College will be January 31, 2020.

Ryan joined F&M in October 2007 as the Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations. In 2012, he was part of the team that developed the cross-institutional Office of College Grants, becoming its Senior Director. The OCG now serves as a nexus for institutional and faculty grant-seeking, idea generation, and grant management and stewardship, supports the Committee on Grants and two compliance committees, and has direct ties to three divisions (Academic Affairs, Advancement, and Finance and Administration). In 2015, Ryan was given the additional role of Assistant Dean for Academic Advancement as F&M stepped into the early stages of campaign. In this role, Ryan supported the process of conceptualizing, refining, and securing resources to catalyze transformative ideas in pursuit of strategic priorities. Throughout his tenure at F&M, Ryan has supported the College in securing millions dollars of philanthropic commitments from foundations and has modeled a collaborative process of leadership and engagement.

Last year (FY 2018-19), Ryan and the OCG team partnered with professional staff and faculty to secure over $5 million dollars in external grant funding to support research, scholarships, and campus initiatives while also managing and stewarding more than $16 million in active grants and nearly $20 million in endowed grants. Ryan’s impact on the institution will endure for many years to come. The OCG staff will sincerely miss Ryan’s passion for creativity and new ideas, his supportive leadership and guidance, and his sense of humor. 

We asked Ryan a few questions about his time at F&M...

What do you see as the greatest accomplishments of the Office of College Grants?  Helping to conceptualize and launch the Office of College Grants, expand it over time to establish the life-cycle model of service, formalize metrics and indicators of impact, and – through these steps and the expertise and intellectual curiosity of our staff – move F&M from a reactive model of grant seeking and research administration to a proactive model of idea generation, research administration, stewardship, and compliance. All of this was the team. I was privileged to sit in the driver's seat.

What do you think was the most influential grant you were part of? Personally, the ones that stand out to me are the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grants for the Faculty Center and inclusive pedagogy at F&M. Others are exciting but still too early in their implementation to consider influential.

What inter-institutional effort did you find most fruitful? My involvement with CASE (Council for Advancement & Support of Education) – serving on the planning committee, coordinating the master class, presenting collaborative sessions with colleagues and funders, and redesigning the newcomers workshop at various national CASE Corporate and Foundation Relations conferences.

What legacy elements are you leaving behind? I hope that I'll leave a legacy of thinking and leading creatively and collaboratively when confronting challenges and opportunities we've encountered over the past 12 years. I'm proud of an OCG staff that is intellectually curious and committed to a growth mindset.

What initiatives are you most excited about at F&M, even as you're departing?  I think the Center for Sustained Engagement with Lancaster, still early in its evolution but on an exciting trajectory, has the potential to position F&M on the leading edge of place-based scholarship and community collaboration.

What attracted you to your new role as Chief Development Officer at the Hastings Center?  My graduate degree is in medical ethics and history and philosophy of science. Since completing it, I've spent close to 20 years working in grant-related and other philanthropic work conceptualizing and seeking strategic gifts and other investments. This new role combines my academic interests with my professional experience in a way I never thought would be possible. It will position me to apply the core competencies I've developed over the years to even greater effect by broadening the sphere within which I get to apply them. I'll soon be working with leaders of the organization that helped define the field of bioethics when I was a student... and that feels really amazing.

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