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For Immediate Release: March 25, 2014

Providence College to Honor 44-Year Employee at College’s Premier Fundraiser

Providence, R.I. – Joseph Brum ’68, a resident of Tiverton, R.I. who is now the special assistant to the president for development projects at Providence College, will be the featured honoree at the College’s annual Black and White Gala on Saturday evening, April 12, 2014 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts. 

The signature fundraising event benefits the PC Fund, a vital resource where all donations provide money for the College’s most significant needs, including academic programs, faculty support, student programs and services, campus life, technology, financial aid, and athletics.

Brum was born in the Azores and came to the United States with his father and sister to join his mother, who was already based in Fall River, Mass.  In 1979, he settled in Tiverton, R.I.

He graduated from PC with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1968, and was immediately drafted to serve in Vietnam in the Armed Forces.  After a year, he was medically discharged and returned home to work at the College in 1971.

During his 44-year tenure at PC, Brum has held several leadership positions in alumni relations and development.  He has personally raised more than $170 million, including two of the largest charitable gifts and bequests in PC’s history, and spearheaded the College’s Providence 2000 capital campaign.  These efforts have elevated PC’s status among the best educational institutions in the Northeast and greatly enhanced the student experience for thousands of Friars. 

Brum has successfully built strong relationships between the alumni and campus community. His efforts have been instrumental in PC’s transformation — most notably through his fundraising leadership for St. Dominic Chapel and the Smith Center for the Arts.

Brum has been actively involved in Tiverton for many years.  He was a Town Councilor, Vice Chairman of the Planning Board, and a member of the Industrial Commission, Harbor Management Commission, and Historic Preservation Commission.

He has also served on the Rhode Island State Task Force for Substance Abuse Prevention and as a trustee of the Providence Community Boating Center, The RI Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee and the RI Special Committee on the Independence of the Judiciary.

Also, Brum has served on many higher education committees and boards throughout his career.  He was director of the National Society of Fundraising Executives, the New England Colleges Fund, and the New England Alumni Trust.  He is also a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the American Higher Education Association.

He and his wife Carolyn, have three children and three grandchildren.


Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs, Community and Government Relations
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