Indianapolis-based College Mentors For Kids Inc. has named Dennis Trinkle chief executive officer. He succeeds Amanda Koushyar, who has been serving as CEO on an interim basis following the departure of Tracy Elliott. March 9, 2015

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Dr. Dennis Trinkle, former Provost of Harrison College, has joined College Mentors for Kids as its new CEO.

An executive and academic leader with broad technical and business expertise leading large, diverse educational, information technology and service organizations, Trinkle served as the Chief Executive Officer of IHETS prior to joining Harrison. He has held faculty and leadership roles at both leading public and private colleges and universities, including DePauw University, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Indianapolis, and Valparaiso University. He has also led information technology, marketing, and venture capital enterprises in Indiana and Ohio. He has been a Fellow of the Frye Leadership Institute and the International Center for Learning at Wake Forest University.

Trinkle is the author and editor of 16 books and more than 50 articles on education, teaching, learning theory, history, and management. He is a frequently invited keynote speaker at international events on education, innovation and technology topics. A Phi Beta Kappa member, Trinkle's honors and awards include Indy's Best and Brightest; Golden Horseshoe Award for Top Philanthropist; Innovation Fellow, Northwest Indiana Society of Innovators; CIO 100; EDUCAUSE Quarterly Contribution of the Year Award; Mira Award for Technology Leadership in Higher Education; and EDUCAUSE Teaching & Learning Award.

A native of Indianapolis, Trinkle earned a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from DePauw University, an MBA in technology management from the University of Phoenix, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. He has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards of directors, including Elements Financial Services, Lawrence Township School Foundation, Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, International Violin Competition, Connectedby25 and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.

Trinkle’s passion for mentoring first connected him with College Mentors ten years ago, and he has served in a variety of capacities since then. With experience leading both national and international expansion and development efforts, Dennis is prepared to help College Mentors achieve its goal of growing to serve 10,000 kids and college students by 2020.

He believes passionately that “every child deserves a mentor and a caring role-model who believes in them and who can help them to believe in themselves and their dreams.”

College Mentors for Kids is an innovative nonprofit with a mission to connect college students with the most to give to kids who need it most. The organization operates 27 college-based chapters in communities across Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, New York, Virginia, and Missouri.

Source: College Mentors For Kids Inc.

March 9, 2015

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GREENCASTLE, Ind. – Dennis A. Trinkle, a 1991 graduate of DePauw University, is the new chief executive officer of College Mentors for Kids. The Indianapolis-based nonprofit has 26 chapters at colleges and universities across Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Missouri, and Virginia, including DePauw. CMFK's 2,200 college student volunteers mentor nearly 1,900 youngsters.

For more than a decade, Trinkle has served the organization in a variety of volunteer and board capacities.

“So much of our impact in the world is determined by the start we get in life,” says Dr. Trinkle, who majored in history at DePauw. “Many youth today struggle in circumstances that work against their future — poverty, neglect, abuse, and other circumstances grind away at youthful possibility. College Mentors steps into the lives of youth and changes the equation. The program provides many youth with hope and confidence. It provides them with an anchor of love and belief in themselves, with positive images of a significant future that can include not only the possibility of college, but really the possibility of mattering and making a difference.”

Trinkle was most recently provost and chief academic officer at Harrison College. He's previously served as executive director of IHETS (the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunications System), was chief information officer for Valparaiso University, and was DePauw's chief information officer and associate vice president of academic affairs.

The author and/or editor of more than a dozen books, Dennis Trinkle is the former executive director of the American Association for History and Computing.

Source: DePauw University

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