Blair’s Alumni Roundtable series continues this week when Trustee Keith Rauschenbach ’76, executive vice president at TIAA, and Michael McDonald ’97, director of corporate development at Molex LLC, visit campus on January 16 and January 17, respectively. Mr. Rauschenbach will meet with students and teachers at 7 p.m. in the Chiang-Elghanayan Center for Innovation and Collaboration, while Mr. McDonald's presentation will start at 5:30 p.m. in Locke Hall Conference Room. Both presenters will discuss their careers and engage in Q&A with attendees.
Instituted by Head of School Chris Fortunato during the 2017-2018 school year, the Alumni Roundtable series offers students the opportunity to learn about different careers by connecting with alumni who are working in a variety of fields. Learn more about Mr. Rauschenbach and Mr. McDonald below.
Keith Rauschenbach ’76
Executive vice president, Nuveen
Since 1981, Mr. Rauschenbach has worked for TIAA, a Fortune 100 financial services firm that is the leader in serving the financial needs of people in academic, government, medical, cultural and other nonprofit fields. Through the years, his responsibilities have included management of the firm's New York regional office and Eastern Division Consulting Services. In 2003, Mr. Rauschenbach became senior vice president in charge of leading the company's relationship management and product distribution initiatives with third parties, including broker-dealers, financial advisors, consulting firms and institutional intermediaries. Since 2006, he has been responsible for affiliated business development at TIAA and, until his January 2, 2020, retirement, was the firm’s Executive Vice President, Affiliated Institutional Retirement and Retail Advisory Services for Nuveen (TIAA's asset management business).
Mr. Rauschenbach holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Westminster College, as well as the CEBS designation from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. A fellow of the Life Management Institute, he is also a member of the International Society of Employee Benefit Specialists. Mr. Rauschenbach served as a member of the Governing Council of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists, is a past president of the Governing Council of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists, and is a former treasurer and president of its New York Metropolitan Chapter.
A Blair Trustee since 2008, Mr. Rauschenbach chairs the Governance Committee and serves on the Executive and Investment Committees. In addition, he served on the Alumni Board of Governors from 1993 to 2001, completing his tenure as president. In 2016, Mr. Rauschenbach was honored for his longstanding dedication to Blair Academy with the Alumnus of the Year award.
Michael McDonald ’97
Director of corporate development
Mr. McDonald graduated from New York University in 2001 with degrees in accounting and finance. Early in his career, he worked in various roles throughout Wall Street, predominantly in mergers and acquisitions, but also in restructuring and strategy. Mr. McDonald earned his MBA at Chicago’s Booth School of Business in 2013 and joined Molex that same year.
Molex is a global manufacturer of electronics with 45,000 employees worldwide. It is owned by Koch Industries, the world’s largest private company. As director of corporate development, Mr. McDonald is responsible for the majority of Molex’s merger and acquisition activity, accounting for over $1 billion in transactions over the past six years. He also oversees one of Molex’s 12 business units and has been responsible for restructuring that business. Mr. McDonald is a CFA charter holder, as well as an inactive CPA licensed in New York State.