Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the CMA Foundation
Robert S. Arp, Esq.
Bob Arp is an Advancement professional with more than 25 years in higher education
and healthcare fund development. During his career, Arp has raised more than $100
million in charitable contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
His experience includes both private and public universities. He has established
annual fund, major gift and planned giving programs that have served as the foundation
for endowment as well as traditional brick and mortar campaigns.
He most recently served as the Vice President for Development at MedStar Harbor Hospital
in Baltimore, Maryland. He also worked as the Senior Director of Development at the
MedStar Healthcare System headquarters where he established a planned giving program
across the eight hospital network. Arp chaired the principal gifts committee and actively
mentored the MedStar major gift officers. He also established the first system-wide
comprehensive fundraising plan. This management tool provided senior MedStar leadership
for the first time an accurate forecast of projected annual philanthropic revenue.
Prior to MedStar, Arp worked more than 12 years in legal education as the chief advancement
officer for the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and Whittier Law School. He is
well versed in all aspects of advancement including development, alumni relations,
volunteer stewardship, marketing, and media relations.
Bob Arp is also a Captain in the United States Navy Reserve. Since September 11,
2001, Captain Arp has been mobilized three times to support Operation Noble Eagle
and Operation Enduring Freedom. He was also recalled to three years of active duty
to serve on the Navy staff in the Pentagon to lead and transform the Navy's Human
intelligence and Counterintelligence program. During his last deployment to East Africa
he served as the Chief Staff Officer for a counterterrorism task force. As the senior
forward deployed officer, he was responsible for the administration, oversight, and
logistics of over 350 personnel conducting sensitive national missions in the USCENTCOM
and USAFRICOM areas of responsibility. He routinely coordinated with senior military,
Department of Defense, Department of State, civilian agencies and elected leaders.
Captain Arp is currently the Commanding Officer of a reserve unit in Washington, D.C.
and anticipates retiring from the Navy in the upcoming months.
Arp graduated from UCLA in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science
and history. And he obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Whittier Law School in 1994.
He is currently a member of the California Bar and is admitted to the United States
Supreme Court Bar.