The International Center in Indianapolis has announced its president and chief executive officer is stepping down. Diane Thomas, who has served in the role since 2006, is leaving to serve with the Peace Corps in Ukraine.
Thomas will leave the International Center at the end of the year. She will begin her 27-month assignment with the Peace Corps in March.
"Leading the International Center has been an opportunity of a lifetime," said Thomas. "It has been a fabulous experience to watch the growing internationalization of our city and state, and to lead an organization designed specifically to inform, convene and connect public, private and civic global objectives."
The center says it has doubled its budget through increased philanthropic support and fees for service during Thomas’ tenure.
"It goes without saying that everyone connected with The Center is indebted to Diane for her service to the organization, and we value highly all she has done over the past decade to advance our City, our State, and our own Center’s mission," said Robert Postlethwait, chair of The International Center’s Board of Directors. "Her legacy is secure and extraordinary."
A search committee, led by board member Joerg Schreiber, will work to find a successor for Thomas by December.