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Bethlehem, Pa., July 31, 2012—Robert Gratz ’75 will join Moravian College as director of leadership giving on August 1. He will be responsible for developing, maintaining, and sustaining relationships between Moravian College and its alumni and supporters.
Gratz earned a bachelor’s degree in history and sociology and a certificate in secondary education from Moravian in 1975, and went on to earn his master’s degree in secondary education administration from Lehigh University. He was presented with an honorary doctor of humane letters from Centenary College in Hackettstown, N.J., in January.
He has received numerous awards and honors, including Moravian’s Benigna Education Award for outstanding contributions to the field of education from the Alumni Association in 2006. He is a member of the Moravian College Athletic Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Gillespie Award for outstanding service to Moravian athletics. Since graduating from Moravian, Gratz has been a positive presence at the College.
He also was named 2011-2012 campaign chair for the United Way in Warren County, N.J., and New Jersey Northern Region Superintendent of the Year in 2010.
Most recently, Gratz was the superintendent of schools for the Hackettstown (N.J.) Public Schools. He has held the same positions for Newton Public Schools and the Belvidere School District.
“Returning to Moravian is a dream come true,” Gratz says. “Moravian College has played a significant role in my professional and personal life, and I can think of no greater honor than to use my professional skills to give service to Moravian College.”
“We are incredibly fortunate to have someone of Bob’s experience, intellect and character serve as a gift officer for Moravian College,” says Gary Carney, vice president for institutional advancement.
Several members of Gratz’ family are Moravian alumni, including two brothers, his daughter, nephews and a sister-in-law, and he says they all carry Moravian’s influence with them. “I saw that influence on my brothers when they were at Moravian, and then it was my turn,” he says.
“Any time I could come back and offer service, I did, and always walked away feeling as if I owed Moravian more. It’s the kind of relationship that keeps on giving. The more you’re involved, the more you want to be involved. I couldn’t be happier.”
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.