State Data Organization Selects Director

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The Indiana Network of Knowledge has named Jeff Hudnall executive director. He most recently served as assistant director of Indiana State University's Career Center. INK is the state's integrated education and work force data system.

September 29, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. -- Jeffrey D. Hudnall has been named the Executive Director of the Indiana Network of Knowledge (INK). Established in 2014 by the Indiana General Assembly with bipartisan support, INK replaces the Indiana Workforce Intelligence System (IWIS) as the state's integrated education and workforce data system. By statute, the executive director is an advisory member of the INK Governance Committee and is charged with ensuring the success of INK.

Hudnall will be the first executive director in the history of Indiana's longitudinal data efforts. In addition to overseeing day-to-day affairs, he will work with state agencies and other participating entities to provide vision, oversight, and implementation of INK. The Executive Director also leads collaboration and coordination initiatives across agencies and stakeholders, ensures compliance with applicable state and federal laws, rules, and policies, and serves as the champion of INK's agenda.

"On behalf of all of the members of the Governance Committee, we’re excited to bring Jeff on as a full-time administrator and advocate for INK," said William McConnell, Chairman of the INK Governance Committee. "Jeff will be the driving force behind our efforts to use state workforce and education data to improve outcomes for students, job seekers, educators, and employers."

Hudnall has broad experience in career development having most recently served as Assistant Director of the Career Center at Indiana State University (ISU). He previously held a similar position at Arkansas Tech University. Hudnall received his B.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Central Arkansas; M.A. in Biology from the University of Arkansas; M.S. in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech; and is currently a Ph.D. candidate (2018) in Curriculum and Instruction at ISU.

About the Indiana Network of Knowledge (www.in.gov/ink)

The Indiana Network of Knowledge harnesses the power of data to improve education and livelihood for Hoosiers. INK is governed by a six-member committee and an executive director that oversee policies, data security and operations. Formerly known as the Indiana Workforce Intelligence System (IWIS), INK is a collaboration between the Governor’s Office, the Indiana Department of Education, Commission for Higher Education, Department of Workforce Development, and Family and Social Services Administration.

Source: Indiana Network of Knowledge