Thomas J. Blum and Daniel J. Crossen, both formerly directors of regional development, have been appointed to the newly created positions of senior director for principal gifts in the Department of Development at the University of Notre Dame.p. Both graduates of the University, Blum and Crossen will serve in leadership positions within the Office of Principal Gifts, which is responsible for identification of, strategy for, and solicitation of the University’s most important benefactors. Principal gifts staff members work in tandem with other development offices, including regional development, planned giving, and foundation and corporate relations.p. “Tom and Dan are both outstanding professionals and a perfect fit for these roles,” said Daniel G. Reagan, associate vice president for university relations and executive director of principal gifts and campaign administration. “With Tom’s 21 years of experience and Dan’s 13 years, they represent some of the most significant fund raising in the University’s history.”p. Blum, a 1968 graduate and former director of field strategy and planning for development, joined the department in 1982. His contributions to the University were recognized with a Presidential Award from Notre Dame earlier this year. Blum previously served for 12 years as a sales representative for Metropak, a glass manufacturer now merged with Ball Corporation of Muncie, Ind., and for two years as an officer in the U.S. Army. Blum and his wife, Marcia, a 1970 graduate of Saint Mary’s College, have two sons who also are Notre Dame graduates.p. A 1959 graduate, Crossen returned to the University in 1990 after serving for three decades in sales and sales management positions with Bethlehem Steel Corp., including manager of industry marketing for products which generated annual sales of $3.5 billion. He and his wife, Anne, have five children, four of whom were graduated from Notre Dame.