WGU Indiana has added Carol D’Amico and Todd Bess to its board of directors. D’Amico is executive vice president of mission advancement and philanthropy at Strada Education Network. She is nationally recognized for education reform strategies that integrate higher education, business and workforce development efforts. In 2013, D’Amico joined Strada Education, where she helps to develop national and state-based philanthropic initiatives aimed at helping students attain post-secondary success and career achievement. She has also served as executive vice president and chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, where she established a statewide workforce development strategy and programming, and served on several national and state-level boards, including a multi-term appointment to the Institute for Education Sciences by President George W. Bush. D’Amico has a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Indiana University Bloomington.
Bess is executive director of the Indiana Association of School Principals. At IASP, he oversees professional development and advocacy for the state’s high school principals and building administrators. Bess began his career as a teacher then served as assistant principal and assistant superintendent at several north-central Indiana school districts. Today, he’s also on the adjunct faculty at Ball State University and affiliate faculty at Indiana State University, where he instructs in the regional Ph.D. cohort program for the Department of Educational Leadership. In 2017, Bess was named to the Indiana Department of Education transition team for Superintendent Jennifer McCormick. He has a doctorate in educational administration from Indiana State University.