Tim Rasnic began his duties as vice president for university advancement in December 2020. His primary responsibilities include overseeing development and alumni relations, coordinating the development team in raising funds for the university, and securing financial support for the university.
Rasnic previously enjoyed an extensive career at the University of Oklahoma in alumni and development positions including director of development for regional campaigns and university libraries. He also served as director of planned giving in the university’s office of development and as the director of development for OU’s Price College of Business.
Rasnic grew up in Navajo, Oklahoma, located in the southwest corner of the state near Altus. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in public affairs and administration from the University of Oklahoma and soon thereafter began his professional career with the OU Alumni Association.
He was honored to be selected as a member of Leadership Oklahoma’s Class XII and served the state’s premier leadership program as vice president for youth programs and as a member of the board of directors. He was one of three LOK alumni who founded and created the Youth Leadership Oklahoma program along with LOK’s executive director. He is also a graduate of Leadership Norman and Leadership Oklahoma City and is a member of the Oklahoma City Rotary Club.
Rasnic has enjoyed meeting many OBU alumni, seeking to connect them to the University’s mission in meaningful and personal ways.
“It is vitally important for our university to connect with our alumni and to ask for their support and engagement, especially as we enter this new era with President Thomas and an incredibly dedicated group of administrators, faculty and staff who have a desire to make the OBU experience a positive one for current and future students. We also want to continue that positive experience with our dedicated alumni and find ways for them to maintain involvement no matter how close or far they live from Bison Hill.”
He has likewise been touched by working with many donors and University supporters, who make so much of the life-changing work on Bison Hill possible.
“One of the most rewarding things about leading the advancement team is seeing someone who is passionate about OBU, who makes a gift, and who then sees the incredible impact their gift makes, whether on a student, program or faculty member. To me, it starts with someone who has a generous spirit and is able to give. Everybody on campus at OBU has different roles to help make OBU successful. But here in advancement, that’s our primary responsibility and there’s a lot of joy associated with that. It is really awesome to see.”