Bob Darrah

Bob Darrah

Director of Development

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About Me

Bob’s passion to give to University Libraries stems from his grandmother, who earned her Bachelor’s degree in education from Montana State University in 1931. Aformer primary school teacher, she taught Bob from an early age thesignificance of libraries as a haven for learning. It’s why he enjoys advising donors on how their gifts enhance the Libraries’ spaces and work to support student success. 

Bob has over a fifteen-year career in development—five with Penn State. In 2010, he became an associate director of development in the College of Arts and Architecture and later served as interim director of development from 2011 to 2012. After a brief time away, he returned as director of major gifts in the College of the Liberal Arts in 2015. Bob also worked as director of development for the School of Music and Dance at the University of Oregon and held development positions at prominent art institutions, including the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. 

He holds a B.A. in classics from the University of Oregon and a post-baccalaureate certificate in ancient languages from Penn State. 

Department Address

510 Paterno Library, University Park PA 16802-1812