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Our Team

Please feel free to stop by and introduce yourself to our team. The ACU Foundation is located on the first floor of the Hunter Welcome Center. The Foundation can also be reached at

Address: ACU Box 29200, Abilene, TX 79699-9200
Telephone: 800-979-1906 (toll-free) or 325-674-2508 (local)
Fax: 325-674-699
Or you can contact us by clicking here.

Bradley J. Benham Esq.
President of The ACU Foundation

bjb00c@acu.edu • 325-674-2508
ACU Box 29200 • Abilene, TX 79699-9200

Bradley J. Benham ('05) serves as the President of The ACU Foundation. As a licensed and trained attorney, Brad is a resource for alumni, donors, and friends as they plan and consider the best options available to save on taxes and to easily pass along wealth to their heirs. Brad can also help your family maximize the impact of your philanthropic gifts to your church or even to ACU.

Brad graduated from ACU with a degree in Education in 2005 and graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law 2008. Immediately following graduation and passing the Texas bar exam, Brad was hired to shepherd Pepperdine Law's alumni outreach and fundraising efforts. Following his time a Pepperdine, Brad went into private legal practice in California. Brad is licensed to practice law in both Texas and California and returned to ACU to serve families as they contemplate estate and trust gifts, endowing scholarships, donations of stocks and property, and a variety of other ways they can give back.

When not working, Brad enjoys playing sports, travelling, and spending time with his wife, Janelle, and their two daughters.
Dan T. Garrett, AEP™, HDP™, CFP™
President Emeritus of The ACU Foundation and University Vice Chancellor

garrettd@acu.edu • 325-674-2508
ACU Box 29200 • Abilene, TX 79699-9200

Dan Garrett ('73) serves as the Vice Chancellor of ACU and as President Emeritus of The ACU Foundation. Dan helps ensure the future of the university and its mission by securing a strong endowment. This includes working with individuals and couples on their financial and estate planning as they seek ways to express their stewardship beyond their lifetime. Dan has a long history of service to ACU. He began his employment in 1973 and served until 1984. He returned in 1991 and served as a member of the Board of Trustees until 1995 when he resigned to accept his current position.

Dan received a B.S. in business from ACU in 1973. He is a member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals and has certifications as a Certified Financial Planner, a Certified Fundraising Executive, and as a Certified Health Care Philanthropist.

Dan and his wife, Donna, have three children. He served for many years as an elder at the Southern Hills Church of Christ, is involved with the Boy Scouts of America, and enjoys fishing and spending time with his family.
Lance Rieder
Foundation Officer

riederl@acu.edu • 325-674-6080
ACU Box 29200 • Abilene, TX 79699-9200

Lance Rieder ('98) serves as a senior Foundation Officer for The ACU Foundation. Rieder has worked in Advancement at ACU since 2000, and during his tenure he has assisted hundreds of individuals and families wanting to leave their mark on the university and shepherded dozens of scholarship campaigns.

Lance graduated from ACU in 1998 with a degree in marketing. After working a few years in the Metroplex and Lubbock, Lance returned to his alma mater and joined the ACU Advancement team. From his early days at ACU raising money for the annual fund and managing projects to his more recent years as a major gift officer - Lance has developed long-term relationships with donors and friends who share his vision of ensuring students will continue to have the opportunity to receive a Christian higher education at ACU.

Lance is married to Amy (Wright '97) Rieder, and they have two wonderful kids. When not working or spending time with his family, Lance also enjoys supporting ACU Wildcat athletics and spending time outdoors.
Rana Travieso
Foundation Resource Officer

rgt98a@acu.edu • 325-674-2508
ACU Box 29200 • Abilene, TX 79699-9200

Rana Travieso ('02) is the Foundation Resource Officer for ACU. Rana is responsible for The ACU Foundation's outreach, communication and stewardship efforts to supporters of ACU. Rana is also is helpful at connecting ACU alumni and friends with the many resources available that can help families in their gift and estate planning.

Rana first attended ACU in 1990 before taking time off to start and raise her family. She returned to ACU and completed her education in 2002, graduating with a B.A.S. and a focus in Education. Following graduation, Rana taught fourth grade for 10 years at Taylor Elementary in Abilene, Texas. Rana returned again to ACU, but this time as an employee in 2013. Working as an Exceptional Fund officer, Rana helped families find ways to support the greatest needs of the university. The ACU Foundation was lucky to convince Rana to join our team in 2017, and she has been an invaluable resource since day one.

When not at ACU, Rana enjoys spending time with her two kids, watching sports and antique shopping.
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