Franklin College Appoints Nora Brems as Vice President for Institutional Advancement

By Franklin College | | 6.19.24

Franklin College has announced the appointment of Nora Brems as vice president for institutional advancement, effective immediately. Brems has been serving in the role on an interim basis since March 2024.

Brems joins the President's Cabinet and oversees the development, alumni relations and communications teams which, together, work to foster a robust culture of philanthropy at the institution.

“Over the course of her entire career here, and especially since her interim appointment in March, Nora has proven to be a successful fundraising professional and a collaborative leader of colleagues who share her passion for advancing the mission of Franklin College and securing its prosperous future,” said Franklin College President Kerry N. Prather. “I am excited to add her experience and insights to our administrative team, and I am confident she will bring focused and creative leadership to the entire institutional advancement staff.”

Brems, a 1987 alumna, began her professional career at the college as an admissions counselor, a post she held until 1989. She was then promoted to the role of assistant director of admissions/Ohio Valley regional representative. She continued in this role for more than a decade, eventually taking on added responsibilities as associate director of admissions in 2000.

In 2004, Brems moved into the institutional advancement division as the director of development. She held this position until 2020 when she was promoted to the position of director of planned giving. In 2023, Brems was promoted to assistant vice president for major and planned giving.

In addition to her bachelor’s degrees in journalism and French, Brems holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

“The opportunity to lead the institutional advancement team at Franklin is humbling, yet inspiring,” said Brems. “It’s an exciting time to be a part of the leadership team that drives the College’s strategic and mission-focused efforts that will accelerate our success into and well beyond our Bicentennial.”

Brems isn’t the only one with a connection to Franklin College in her family. Her husband, Bill, is also a 1987 graduate and two of their three children and a daughter-in-law are Franklin College alumni.

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential liberal arts and sciences institution located 20 minutes south of Indianapolis. Franklin offers a wide array of undergraduate majors as well as master’s degree programs in Physician Assistant Studies and Athletic Training. The unique curriculum merges classroom instruction with immersive experiences, research opportunities and study away programs. Students participate in 21 NCAA Division III sports, esports, Greek life, musical and theatre productions and more than 40 student organizations. As the first college in Indiana to become coeducational with the admission of women, Franklin welcomes diversity of thought, belief and person into a community that values equity and inclusion. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA. For more information, visit Find Franklin College on Facebook, follow @FranklinCollege on X, formerly known as Twitter, and watch FranklinCollegeGrizzlies on TikTok.