SME and the SME Education Foundation announced last Wednesday that Rob Luce has been appointed Vice President of the SME Education Foundation. Luce, who started on January 2, will be responsible for overall day-to-day leadership and strategic direction of the Foundation. The SME Education Foundation works to build awareness, enhance academic opportunity, and inspire, prepare and support students at every level as they explore paths in fields associated with advanced manufacturing.
“The SME Education Foundation is the philanthropic jewel of SME’s portfolio,” said Sandra Bouckley, Interim CEO of SME. “Rob’s experience and leadership are the right match for the Foundation and its mission to provide opportunity to young people through scholarships and our unique PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) schools initiative.”
Luce formerly served as Executive Director of the Detroit Region Aerotropolis Development Corporation. He has also been Director of MICHauto and Automotive Retention & Growth at the Detroit Regional Chamber. Prior to joining the Chamber, Luce was a legislative aide in the Michigan State Senate and served as fundraising director for a State Senate Campaign.
Luce holds degrees from Eastern Michigan University and Adrian College as well as certificates in public budget management and local government management.
“The role and mission of the SME Education Foundation has never been more important – or more urgent,” said Luce. “I am eager to work with the Foundation Board and to team with the staff to further the Foundation’s reach, impact and success in support of students and young people.”
Created by SME in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $33 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards in the U.S. and Canada and supported student outreach programs through its partnerships with corporations, foundations, organizations and individual donors.