July 16 – 21, 2017
Madison, WI

Brian O'Rourke | Keynote Speaker

Brian O’Rourke is the Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations for Clemson University. 

O’Rourke first came to Clemson in the late 1970s as a freshman, sight unseen, from Massachusetts. “The Clemson community embraced me,” he recalls. “I was a Yankee from Hanover, but by second semester, I was at home.”

He earned a bachelor’s degree in administrative management in 1983 and a master’s in personnel services in 1985. While at Clemson, he was a basketball manager and was inducted into Tiger Brotherhood, Alpha Tau Omega and Blue Key Honor Society. After graduation, he spent five years as Director of Field Activities for the Clemson Alumni Association.

O’Rourke went on to become vice president of development for St. Francis Health System in Greenville, where he also served as executive director of its foundation. And more recently he was a senior consultant for Corporate DevelopMint, and Charleston-based fund-raising consulting firm.

Throughout his career, he’s remained an active donor to Clemson academic and athletic programs and has served in volunteer and leadership roles. O’Rourke led the University’s successful $1B Will To Lead Campaign.  As Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations, he oversees all aspects of fundraising and alumni relations for the University.  

From 1990-2001 he was the VP of Development/Executive Director of the St. Francis Foundation in Greenville, SC. During his 11 year period, the Foundation’s assets grew to over $8 million, while granting over $3 million back to the health system.

Brian and his wife Amy, whom he refers to as “my greatest asset,” have two sons, Josh (wife Cameron) and Nick (wife Jen) Kendrick and two granddaughters, Piper and Lucy Snow.