Barb Coury currently serves as the Vice Chancellor and Foundation President for the
North Carolina School of Science and Math, which is part of the University of North Carolina system. Barb recently served as the Chief Development Officer for Mission Resolve, a nonprofit dedicated to disaster preparedness, relief and caring for the world’s oceans and has since agreed to be the chair of the development board committee. Prior to this position, Barb was the National Director of Foundation and Federated Giving, as well as special event revenue for the American Red Cross. She was responsible for a revenue line of roughly $250 million annually, depending on additional target adjustments due to disaster costs incurred. Prior to this position, she was the Chief Development Officer for the American Red Cross of Indiana for five years where she managed/led a team of 12 fundraising professionals and 5 executive directors. The Indiana region of the Red Cross finished near the top for philanthropic revenue-to-goal for 4 of the 5 years she managed fundraising.
Prior to joining the Red Cross, she served as Vice President of Development for the Community Health Network Foundation for 4.5 years, the Director of Development at St. Richard’s Episcopal School for 5 years, and the Director of Development for Purdue University for 6 years. Prior to entering fundraising, Barb was a research scientist and completed a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship at Duke University in neurology research. Barb earned an executive MA in nonprofit management and philanthropic studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IU, where she currently serves as a member of the board of visitors. The Indiana fundraising team was the recipient of the President’s Award from the American Red Cross in 2016 for outstanding fundraising performance. In 2016, Barb was named the Outstanding Fundraising Professional for Indiana by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and later named the Outstanding Fundraising Professional world-wide by AFP International in 2017. That same year she also received “Trailblazer of the Year” for the state of Indiana from NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners).