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Fred Rubey Leaves A Legacy, One Relationship At A Time

Fred Rubey Leaves A Legacy, One Relationship At A Time

There's an old saying: it's not what you know, it's who you know. That adage has served Fred Rubey well throughout his career, and because of his giving spirit, it's benefitted Ivy Tech Community College as well.

In the early 1980s, Rubey was an associate professor at Ivy Tech, teaching data processing. After several years, Rubey was asked to share his knowledge and talent as a member of Ivy Tech's business advisory committee. He was then asked to join the state Foundation board of directors and has been a member ever since, establishing several relationships for the College within the surrounding area.

"I had become very enthusiastic about Ivy Tech by the time I was appointed to the Foundation board," Rubey recalls. "That enthusiasm has grown, and I've been glad to be a part of it."

It's clear that Ivy Tech is just as glad to have known Fred Rubey. As he prepares to retire from the board, the College's leaders are reflecting on everything he's done and every opportunity he's made available to Ivy Tech and its students.

"Mr. Rubey leads by example in his volunteer efforts," says Dr. Ann Valentine, chancellor for Ivy Tech Wabash Valley. "There are numerous initiatives, friendraising, and fundraising efforts that he has helped support and he has dedicated numerous hours and guidance to the College and Foundation. The impact of the gifts received because of his relationships in our community can't be measured."

Valentine defines some of Rubey's greatest contributions as being tied to economic development. His community connections, such as SCORE and the Workforce Investment Board, provide valuable insight for opportunities negotiated between Ivy Tech and potential partners. One such example is a new partnership with the Oakley Foundation.

"Mr. Rubey helped initiate the relationship," Becky Miller, executive director of advancement explains. "Thanks to his strong relationships, we now have an endowed scholarship for our students and a great relationship with the Perry family who oversee Oakley Foundation operations."

As Rubey tells it, he just happened to put two and two together in a way that provided a benefit for both organizations.

"I had a pre-existing relationship with the Perrys," he says. "The Oakley Foundation donates significant charitable dollars annually. I knew they were interested in education, so I introduced them to Ivy Tech. That led to a relationship and a contribution to Ivy Tech's scholarship funds."

Rubey has also helped ensure the success of the region's annual Scholarship Cruisin' Car Show, sponsored by First Financial Bank, by coordinating volunteers and sponsors. Now in its fourth year, the fundraiser garners more than $10,000 in scholarship money for Ivy Tech students, features over 200 cars, and brings about 1,000 people to the Ivy Tech Terre Haute campus.

In all of his efforts, Rubey sees one common theme: connecting Ivy Tech to greater opportunities to serve students and the community.

"They provide vital training for underemployed and unemployed people, enabling them to earn a degree or certificate," Rubey says. "They teach them how to go to work. This helps local businesses, our community, and the entire state. Ivy Tech Community College is an economic engine that helps keep Indiana going."