The University of Indianapolis has named Phil Terry as “Executive in Residence” in its Professional Edge Center. Terry, who served as the chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage Co. for 30 years, also serves as chair of the board of trustees for the university.
The university says the recently-established Executive in Residence program aims to help students and alumni by connecting them with regional and global leaders. The program focuses on career-building through the development of professional relationships and soft skills.
The Executive in Residence will meet with students and alumni to mentor them, expand their professional networks and help realize their career potential.
“What excites me most about this opportunity is the ability to meet and interact with students and alumni,” Terry said. “I hope that I can add value to their lives and help them lead successful careers—however they define that for themselves.”
Terry was a practicing attorney for 15 years. The university says he has also served on a number of boards of directors for civic, professional, not-for-profit, and business organizations.
“As a net importer of talent into the city, state and region, it is important for us as an institution to help network our graduates with other professionals in the area,” said University of Indianapolis President Robert Manuel. “These connections allow them to jump-start their careers and ultimately contribute to our community in a more meaningful way, and more quickly, than if they had to make these connections on their own.”
The university says the program helps differentiate it from other schools and offers its graduates help in the early stages of their careers as a launching pad for future successes.