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Rob Zinkan, Ed.D., Vice President for Marketing Leadership

Rob brings 25 years of experience in higher education administration focused on reputation and resource development and intra-organizational alignment. He joined RHB in 2019 after 17 years at Indiana University in a variety of senior roles from campus-level vice chancellor to system-wide associate vice president. Rob holds a doctorate from Creighton University (his dissertation topic was higher education brand coherence), a master’s from Xavier University and a bachelor’s from Wabash College. A popular speaker, writer and advisor on higher education marketing and organizational design, Rob is a recent CASE commissioner (Commission on Communications and Marketing) and AMA Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education committee member. He is co-author of the 2021 book What Makes a Strategic Plan ‘Strategic’? and is co-editor and contributor to Inside Higher Ed’s “Call to Action” blog. Rob also teaches graduate courses in both strategic communication and higher education leadership.


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