BigWigs & New Gigs: Education
IU School of Med Makes Promotion
Indiana University School of Medicine has promoted Jonathan Ting to chair of the department of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery. He came to to the school after earning a medical degree from the University of Western Ontario. While at IU, Ting completed a post-doctoral research fellowship and earned a master’s degree in clinical research.
PUFW Names Media Relations Director
Purdue University Fort Wayne has named Geoff Thomas senior director of media relations. He most recently concluded a two-decade tenure in the community relations department of Lutheran Health Network. Prior to that, Thomas served as a reporter and photographer at WKJG–NBC33 starting in 1996. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Trine Adds Online Marketing Director
Trine University has named Laurel Alberson director of marketing for the school's online programs. She most recently served as marketing account manager of the communications and marketing department at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Alberson has also worked at the University of Michigan as an administrative specialist for the department of computer science and engineering.
Codelicious Hires Four
Codelicious in Indianapolis has hired Andy Teipen (pictured) as director of sales. He most recently served in the same role at Crafted. Also, Sena Hineline (pictured) has been named director of marketing. She previously worked with San Francisco-based Wikia in multiple director roles before returning to Indianapolis.
Avon School Corp. Names Assistant Principal
The Avon Community School Corporation Board has named Laura Lee assistant principal at Avon Intermediate School West. She most recently served as a district-level instructional coach for MSD Wayne Township Schools. Lee has also taught at the fifth, second and seventh-grade levels.
ISU Names Interim Public Safety Chief
Indiana State University has named Michele Barrett interim chief of public safety. She has served as assistant chief since 2014 and will become the first woman to occupy the position. Barrett previously served more than 20 years at the Terre Haute Police Department before joining the university.
Notre Dame Appoints VP
The University of Notre Dame has promoted Christine Caron Gebhardt to assistant vice president of student services. She most recently served as director of the Gender Relations Center. Caron Gebhardt earned her doctoral degree in theological ethics with a focus on biomedical ethics from Vanderbilt University, where she also earned a master’s degree in theological studies.
Director Returning to Trine
Trine University has announced Travis Smith is returning to the school as director of annual giving. He previously served in 2017 as director of corporate and foundation relations. Smith most recently served as president and founder of Driven Performance Golf, LLC in Kendallville.
Hanover College Appoints VP
Hanover College has appointed Peter Ashley vice president for communications and marketing. He previously served as director of communications and annual giving at Center for Hospice Care in Mishawaka. Ashley also served as director of marketing and communications for the business schools at the University of Notre Dame and Georgia State University.
Weinzapfel Leaving Ivy Tech
Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel has announced he is leaving to join Jones Wallace LLC in Evansville. He began serving at the school in May 2014 as chancellor of the newly merged Evansville and Terre Haute campuses. Weinzapfel has also served as mayor of the city of Evansville from 2004 to 2011 and as state representative in the Indiana General Assembly between 1999 and 2003.
O'Malley to Serve at Kelley
Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is coming to Indiana University Kelley School of Business. O’Malley will serve as Poling Chair of Business and Government during the current academic year, aiming to encourage conversation about leadership, public policy, enterprise competitiveness and economic growth. O'Malley served as Maryland's governor from 2006 to 2014 after six years as mayor of Baltimore.
Marian Names Latino Initiative Leader
Marian University has chosen Manuela Higgins as the school's inaugural executive director of Latin@ Leadership. She previously served as director of community engagement for the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. Higgins earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and social communication from University of Manizales in Colombia. She also holds a master’s degree in leadership development from Saint Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute.
IU Promotes Beam to VP
Indiana University has promoted Mike Beam to assistant vice president for school partnerships. He most recently served as senior assistant vice provost for undergraduate education. Beam has served the school for 17 years, most recently focusing on managing IU's dual-credit program.
Ivy Tech Ft. Wayne Announces Promotion
Ivy Tech Community College has promoted Aja Michael-Keller to executive director of marketing and communications for its campus in Fort Wayne. She previously served as executive director of campus marketing for college in Indianapolis. Michael-Keller has served since 2011.
UIndy Selects VP
The University of Indianapolis has named Amber Smith vice president for inclusion and equity. She will begin January 1. Smith currently serves as assistant vice chancellor for student affairs, inclusion and outreach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Earlier this year, she was named a 2019 ACT College and Career Readiness Champion for the postsecondary professional category.
Trine Names Health Sciences VP
Trine University has named Whitney Bandemer its first vice president for health sciences. She most recently served as vice president for human resources and strategic initiatives at Manchester University. Bandemer also served in a similar capacity at the Appalachian College of Pharmacy in Oakwood, Virginia. She holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in government from the University of Virginia.
Purdue University Northwest Professor Receives Award
Purdue University Northwest professor Anne Edwards has been named a recipient of the Felix Berardo Scholarship Award for Mentoring by the National Council on Family Relations. Edwards is one of two professors in the country to win the award this year. She will receive the award in November at the council's annual convention.
VMS BioMarketing Appoints VP
VMS BioMarketing has appointed Bradley Garrett to Vice President of their Customer Experience Center. Garrett will be responsible for ensuring teams develop education and training programs to meet strategic objectives. He previously held leadership roles at Allegion, including oversight of IT and building the customer care operations team. Garrett holds an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and an engineering degree from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.
Trine Names Nursing Program Director
Trine University has named Nadeena Frye director of its new RN-to-BSN program, which will launch in fall 2020. She most recently served as dean of nursing for Ivy Tech Community College Northeast in Fort Wayne. Prior to that Frye served as staff development mentor for the northern Indiana district of Kindred Healthcare.
Vincennes Names VP
Vincennes University has named Tony Hahn vice president of government relations. He previously served as director of state relations and policy analysis for Purdue University. Prior to that, Hahn served as deputy director and chief of staff in the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management from Purdue in 1999. Hahn is also a graduate of the Indiana University School of Law.
Notre Dame Elects Jenkins to New Term
The University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees has elected Rev. John Jenkins to another five-year term as president of the University. Jenkins was first elected in 2005. He’s the 17th Holy Cross priest to serve in that role of the 176-year-old school. Jenkins’ fourth term will begin immediately following the end of his current term on June 30, 2020.
Trine Promotes Miller
Trine University in Angola is promoting Gretchen Miller to the newly-created position of vice president for administration/chief of staff. Miller most recently served as assistant to the president and chief of staff at the university. Miller will be responsible for leading and coordinating activities of the Office of the President and serving as a member of the president's administration team.
IU Researcher Awarded Grant
An Indiana University microbiologist has been awarded a $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to look for vulnerabilities in the cell wall of bacterial pathogens, including a well-known "superbug." The "superbug" is responsible for pneumonia, bacterial meningitis, and other diseases. It has developed antibiotic resistance and is increasing at what IU professor Malcolm Winkler calls an alarming rate.
Butler Hires Pacers Executive
A current executive with the Indiana Pacers organization and a Butler University alum will become the next chief of staff for the university. Brent Rockwood has been named to the post where he will serve as a vice president and cabinet member for university President James Danko. “I am extremely pleased to welcome Brent back to Butler as a key member of our leadership team,” said Danko.
Franklin College Appoints VP
Franklin College has appointed Andrew Jones vice president for campus life and dean of students. With more than 20 years of higher education experience, Jones comes to the university from Illinois College where he has served as associate provost and dean of student success since 2014. He has also served as founding director for the college’s Center for Academic Excellence beginning in 2008.
IU Searching for Cinema Director
Indiana University has begun its search to replace Jon Vickers as cinema director. He has served as founding director since 2010. Vickers intends to remain in Bloomington and pursue other business ventures. Over his more than 25 years in the business, he has overseen the final construction and launch of three film venues and programs in the Midwest, all of which have gained some level of national reputation.
St. Francis Names President
The University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne has selected its next president to succeed Sister Elise Kriss, who announced her retirement from the post earlier this summer. Reverend Eric Zimmer has been appointed to the position which he will assume next July. Zimmer was appointed by the founding congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, working in conjunction with the USF Board of Trustees.
Manchester Hires Nursing Director
Manchester University has hired Beth Schultz as founding director to start the school's nursing program. She comes to Manchester from the Anderson University School of Nursing in South Carolina. Schultz has served as a practitioner, administrator and educator. She was most recently undergraduate chair and associate professor of nursing in the Anderson program.
Trine Announces Promotion
Trine University in Angola has promoted Bryan Hunter to director of digital marketing. He has served as administrator and instructional designer in the school's information technology department since 2018. Hunter holds a master's degree in educational technology and a bachelor's degree in mass media studies from Missouri State University.
DePauw Appoints VP
DePauw University has appointed Amanda Kim as it first vice president for diversity and inclusion. She currently serves as senior advisor to the president for equity, diversity and inclusion and Title IX coordinator at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin. Kim will assume her new duties in October.
IUPUC Names New Faculty Member
Indiana University—Purdue University Columbus has named Diedra Hayman assistant professor and director of clinical training for the master of arts in mental health counseling program. She most recently served as director of the South Arkansas Regional Health Center. Hayman has also served as a faculty member at Alabama A & M Huntsville and Virginia Western Community College.
Ivy Tech Bloomington Promotes Weddle
Ivy Tech Bloomington has hired Trudy Weddle as vice chancellor of enrollment services. She previously served as campus director for K-12 initiatives. Weddle began her career at the university in May 2008 as the director of veteran’s affairs at the Indianapolis campus.
Marian Names Director of Cycling Performance
Marian University has named John Hoopingarner director of cycling performance. He has been involved in the cycling industry over the past several years, working for Indianapolis-based SRAM and SILCA. The university also announced Dean Peterson, who has led the program full-time since 2006, will remain director of cycling, but is stepping into a new role with the Klipsch Educators College as the program manager for City Connects.
Manchester University Names New Director
Manchester University has named Allison Goetcheus as director of civic engagement and Title IX coordinator. Goetcheus was director of the MU Center for Service Opportunities for the last two years, She will direct the student conduct process and will continue to work with the university's service partners in northeast Indiana.
Trine University Names New Director
Trine University has named Evan Gustin as its director of student activities. Gustin had served as an admissions counselor since January. He previously worked in the Ball State University Office of Orientation and Admissions. He holds a degree from Ball State University.
SMWC Announces Leadership Changes
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College has named William Riley (pictured) marketing director and Lisa Pepperworth (pictured) human resources director. Also, Dee Reed has been promoted to the newly-created strategic communications director position. Riley most recently served as group publisher for Horizon Publications. He has also served as publisher for the Tribune Star in Terre Haute.
Center for Health and Justice Research Names Director
The Center for Health and Justice Research at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute has named Eric Grommon as interim director. Grommon is currently an associate professor at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He joined the criminal justice faculty at the O'Neill School at IUPUI in 2012 and has been a senior affiliate with PPI since 2016. Grommon holds a degree from Michigan State University.
University of Saint Francis Elects Board
The University of Saint Francis Board of Trustees has announced Bill Niezer (pictured), Pat Pasterick (pictured) and Rick Poinsatte of Fort Wayne have been re-elected to three-year terms. Chuck Schrimper of Leo and Tom Creevey and Sister Jennifer Henry, OSF of Mishawaka were also re-elected. Also, Nick Yack of Fort Wayne was elected to his initial term.
Notre Dame Scholars Initiative Names Leaders
The AnBryce Scholars Initiative at the University of Notre Dame has tapped two new leaders. The program, which supports first-generation college students facing hardship, will be run by Co-Directors Maria McKenna and Richard Pierce. The program is supported by the AnBryce Foundation and started in 2013.
Marian Promotes Ware
Marian University has promoted Monique Ware to director of financial aid. She previously served as associate director of financial aid. Ware began her career at the university in 2008 as assistant director of adult financial services. She also served as an assistant jumps coach for Marian’s intercollegiate track and field team for six seasons.
Ivy Tech Names VP
Ivy Tech Community College has hired Caroline Dowd-Higgins as vice president of career coaching and employer connections. Dowd-Higgins most recently served as the executive director of career and professional development for the Indiana University Alumni Association. She will focus on the career development of students, fulfilling training and the placement needs of employers. Dowd-Higgins holds degrees from Indiana University.
Ivy Tech Names Chancellor
Ivy Tech Community College has named Dr. David Balkin Chancellor for the South Bend/Elkhart campus, effective September 3, 2019. Balkin currently serves as associate director, regional development for San Francisco and Silicon Valley at Notre Dame University. He has over 30 years experience in engineering, management and executive leadership. He holds three degrees from the University of Notre Dame.
University of Saint Francis Names Dean
The University of Saint Francis has named Dr. Angela Harrell as dean of the School of Health Sciences. Harris has been a full time USF faculty member since 2007 and has been the clinical coordinator for the Radiologic Technology program and director of the MHA program. She holds degrees from A. T. Still University, USF, University of Nebraska and Indiana University.
Valparaiso President to Step Down
Valparaiso University's Board of Directors is beginning the search for a new president after Mark Heckler informed the board he intends to step down from the position he's held since 2008. Heckler has agreed to remain as president until a successor has been found and takes office.
Kieffer Promoted to Associate Superintendent
The Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has promoted Jeffrey Kieffer to associate superintendent of schools. He most recently served as principal at St. Joseph School in Decatur. Kieffer received his master’s degree in educational leadership and bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Ball State University. He is a 1985 graduate of Blackford High School in Hartford City and he served in the U.S. Army from 1985-1989.
Valparaiso Selects VP of Student Affairs
Valparaiso University has selected Julie DeGraw as vice president for student affairs. She most recently as vice president for student life and dean of students, Title IX and ADA coordinator at Bluffton University in Ohio. DeGraw has nearly 30 years of experience in higher education including an extensive background in diversity and inclusion initiatives and student advocacy.
Notre Dame Provost to Step Down
The University of Notre Dame will soon begin a search to replace Thomas Burish as the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost, after Burish announced he will step down at the end of his current term on July 1, 2020. Burish has served as provost since 2005 and also serves as chief academic officer responsible for the operations of all academics.
Taylor Board Appoints Interim President
The Taylor University board of trustees has appointed Paige Comstock Cunningham interim president starting August 15. She has served as trustee for 17 years, most recently as chairman. Cunningham is currently the executive director of the center for bioethics & human dignity and affiliate professor at Trinity Law School and Trinity Graduate School. She will succeed outgoing president Lowell Haines, who resigned in June.
Notre Dame Professor Selected as Fellow
The Electrochemical Society and Toyota Research Institute of North America has selected Jennifer Schaefer investigator fellow. She is assistant professor in the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Schaefer, who joined the university in 2015, studies ion transport and interfacial phenomena.
IUPD-Northwest Promotes Davis to Chief
The Indiana University Police Department-Northwest has promoted Monte Davis to chief of police. He previously served as captain of operations where he was responsible for patrol, investigations, training, SWAT, special events, ARMS management, field and cadet officer training, crisis management and behavioral consultation teams. Davis has worked in law enforcement for almost 12 years, the last four at IUPD.
Saint Francis President Announces Retirement
University of Saint Francis President Sister Elise Kriss has announced she’s retiring next year, completing 27 years in the position. Under her tenure, the school’s name was changed from Saint Francis College to the University of Saint Francis in 1998. She also oversaw growth in the school's endowment, increasing from $2.2 million to $34 million in 2018.
Purdue Northwest Names Director
Purdue University Northwest has named Godwin-Charles Ogbeide director of the White Lodging School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. He most recently served as associate professor, director of strategy and hospitality and founding director of the Events and Tourism Institute at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Rose-Hulman Promotes Onyancha
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has promoted Richard Onyancha to head of the department of mechanical engineering. He has been a member of the faculty for 12 years and specializes in manufacturing, solid mechanics and metrology. Onyancha spent the 2016-17 school year as a Fulbright Faculty Scholar at Zambia's Copperbelt University.
Indiana State University Hires Associate VP
Indiana State University has added Rana Johnson, PhD. as associate vice president for inclusive excellence and strategic initiatives. Johnson has served the past two years as the chief diversity and inclusion officer at Unity College in Maine. She will provide leadership for campus development that appreciates diversity. Johnson holds degrees from the University of Kentucky, Eastern New Mexico University and Spalding University.
Trine Hires Hockey Director
Trine University has hired John Mihalik as youth hockey director and assistant rink manager for the Thunder Ice Arena. He most recently served as hockey director and director of player development at Palm Beach Skate Zone in Lake Worth, Florida. Mihalik also served as hockey director at The Pond Ice Rink in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and as hockey director and assistant program director at Miami (Ohio) University's Goggin Ice Center.
Purdue Promotes Rainey
Purdue University has promoted Katy Martin Rainey to director of the College of Agriculture's soybean center. She is an associate professor of agronomy, specializing in soybean genetics and plant breeding. Rainey has been a Purdue agriculture faculty member since 2012. She was previously on the faculty of Virginia Tech. She earned her undergraduate degree in botany from the University of Georgia and her Ph.D. in plant breeding from Cornell University.
Reiff Returns to Butler University
Ralph Reiff will return to Butler University in the newly-expanded position of Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Health, Performance and Well-Being. Reiff previously served as head athletic trainer and director of sports medicine from 1981 to 1999 and has been inducted into the Butler Athletics Hall of Fame. He has led St. Vincent Sports Performance since leaving the university in 1999.
Ivy Tech Kokomo Promotes Jones to Director
Tashona Jones has been promoted to director of student success and retention at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo. She will be directing the implementation of Scaling Up Community College Efforts for Student Success, a new initiative developed by research organization MDRC with support from Arnold Ventures and Lumina Foundation aimed at boosting the graduation rates for traditionally underserved students.
Notre Dame Promotes Two
The University of Notre Dame has promoted Rev. Daniel Groody (pictured) to vice president and associate provost. He currently serves as associate professor of theology and global affairs. Also, Jim Morrison (pictured) has been promoted to associate provost for strategic initiatives. He presently serves as assistant provost for strategic initiatives.
Indiana State University Adds Acclaimed Journalist
Former Indianapolis Star journalist Mark Alesia has been named as university communication director at Indiana State University. Alesia will lead the development and implementation of the university's strategic communications and will provide strategic communication support to the president. He earned the Indiana Journalist of the Year prize in 2018 for his part of the story of Larry Nassar and sexual abuse in USA Gymnastics.
Purdue Fort Wayne Promotes Byers
Purdue University Fort Wayne has promoted Susan Byers to executive director of the office of career services. She has served as interim executive director since February. Byers, who is beginning her 25th year with Purdue Fort Wayne, brings significant experience to the position, having served for 14 years as the director of the student success program in the Richard T. Doermer School of Business.
Ivy Tech Promotes Riebe
Ivy Tech Community College has promoted Thomas Riebe to chief technology officer. He most recently served as associate vice president of information security and has been interim chief technology officer since January. Riebe has been with Ivy Tech since 2003. He started as senior system engineer/Oracle DBA where he served as the primary UNIX/Linux systems administrator and Oracle DBA.
Goshen College Names Acting Director
Goshen College has named David Ostergren acting executive director of the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center. He is presently the director of the Master of Arts in Environmental Education at the center. Ostergen holds a Ph.D. in forest resources science from West Virginia University and master’s degrees in political science and outdoor education.
Notre Dame Appoints Director, Promotes Mirza
The University of Notre Dame has appointed Christy Pratt (pictured) to director of admissions. Also, Mahan Mirza has been promoted to executive director for the Rafat and Zoreen Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion at the Keough School of Global Affairs.
ISU Foundation Announces VP
The Indiana State University Division of Advancement has named Jeremiah Turner associate vice president. He most recently served as director of the Sycamore Athletic Fund. Turner joined the Indiana State team as a development officer in 2014, progressing to director of athletic sponsorships in 2016. He has more than 20 years’ experience in all aspects of sales and fundraising.
USI Professor Named to Commission for Higher Education
Dr. Trent A. Engbers is joining the Indiana Commission for Higher Education as the body’s faculty commission member. Engbers is associate professor of political science and public administration and director of the master of public administration program at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. He was appointed by the commission's faculty nominating committee in May, and announced by Governor Holcomb in late June. Engbers' term began July 1 and ends June 20, 2021.
Muncie Community Schools Hire CEO
Muncie Community Schools has hired Lee Ann Kwiatkowski to be director of public education and chief executive officer. Kwiatkowski has over 35 years experience in Indiana pubic education, including 18 years as a teacher and also as senior education advisor to Governor Eric Holcomb. She holds degrees from Oakland City University and Indiana University.
Governor Holcomb Names Education Advisor
Governor Eric Holcomb has announced Katie Jenner will serve as his senior education advisor. She most recently served as vice president of K-12 initiatives and statewide partnerships for Ivy Tech Community College. Jenner started in K-12 public education in 2005 as a Career and Technical Education teacher in Kentucky.
Martin University Appoints Executives
Martin University has appointed Lashun Aron-Smith (pictured), Ezell Marrs (pictured) and Candace Pate to its executive team. Aron-Smith most recently served as director of academic initiatives in the School of Business at the University of Indianapolis. Marrs most recently served as director of admissions at the university. Pace formerly served as director of admissions and community partnerships for Providence Cristo Rey High School.
Ivy Tech Lafayette Approves Board Member
Bradley Cunningham has been appointed to the Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette Campus Board of Trustees. Cunningham will assume his role at the board's July meeting. He currently serves as senior vice president, manager of commercial lending at The Farmers Bank in Frankfort. Cunningham holds a degree from Indiana University and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin.
Ball State Announces VP
Ball State University has named Alan Finn vice president for business affairs and treasurer. He is currently vice president for business and finance and treasurer at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Finn has also served at Portland State University and the State University of New York.
Johnson Named IPS Superintendent
Indianapolis Public Schools has announced Aleesia Johnson will become the district's next superintendent. She has served in the role on an interim basis since January following the resignation of former superintendent Lewis Ferebee. Johnson is the first African-American woman to serve as superintendent of IPS.
Kendallville Center Names Leader
The Community Learning Center in Kendallville has announced Julia Tipton as executive director. She previously served as principal at Waterloo Elementary School in DeKalb County. Tipton began her career in 1983 at East Noble School Corp., where she worked for many years before joining Fort Wayne Community Schools as its instructional facilitator for curriculum.
Wabash Center Names Director
Wabash College has appointed Nancy Lynne Westfield as director of the Wabash center for teaching and learning in theology and religion. She recently served as director of the social justice leadership project at Drew University. Westfield is also an author who has written about the religious, educational and spiritual experiences of African-American people, especially women.
Bethel University Names CFO
Bethel University has named Jerry White as vice president for administration & finance and chief financial officer. White most recently served as COO at Culver Academics and will begin his new duties on August 19. He has nearly two decades of business and finance career experience with prior positions as vice president for finance and administration at Albion College and as vice president at Spring Arbor University.
Purdue University Fort Wayne Names Vice Chancellor
Purdue University Fort Wayne has named Kristina Creager, Ph.D. vice chancellor for student affairs. Creager formerly served as associate vice chancellor for student success and has served as interim vice chancellor for student affairs since February and will begin her new duties on July 1.
Rose-Hulman Promotes Director
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has promoted Scott Tieken to director of career services and employer relations. Tieken begins his new role on July 1. He has been a member of Rose-Hulman's career services operations for seven years and a staff employee since 2005. Tieken was named an interim co-director last year. Tieken holds a degree from the University of Southern Indiana and is currently working toward his master's degree at ISU.
Purdue Names Department Head
Purdue University has announced Dongyan Xu as head of the department of computer science. He joined the university faculty in 2001 and is currently the Samuel D. Conte professor of computer science. From 2016-18, Xu served as interim director of the center for education and research in information assurance and security.
Purdue Fort Wayne Names VC
Purdue University Fort Wayne has appointed P. David Johnson as associate vice chancellor for communications and marketing. He currently serves as assistant vice president for marketing and brand activation at the University of Richmond. Prior to joining the University of Richmond, Johnson held leadership positions at Emory University, The University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Miami.
Trine Promotes Overton
Trine University has promoted Ryan Overton to dean of the Allen School of Engineering and Technology. He has served as an associate professor and chair of the Reiners Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the university since 2017. Overton joined Trine as an assistant professor in 2012.
Rose-Hulman Hires Provost
Rose-Hulman University has hired alumnus Rick Stamper as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Stamper is currently a professor of mechanical engineering and engineering management and will begin his new role July 1. He has served in several roles in his 20 years at the university, including as head of the engineering department and serving as interim associate dean for professional development.
Bethel University Names VP
Bethel University has appointed Matt Lentsch as vice president for institutional advancement. He most recently served for six years as executive director for organizational advancement for the Oaklawn Foundation. Lentsch is president of the Mishawaka Planning Commission and a former member of the the city council.
Purdue Names New Executive VP
Purdue University has named Theresa Mayer as the university's next executive vice president for research and partnerships. Mayer is currently vice president for research and innovation at Virginia Tech. She assumes her role on August 1 and succeeds Suresh Garimellla, who will become president at the University of Vermont.
Notre Dame Names Assistant VP
The University of Notre Dame has named Erin Oliver first assistant vice president for institutional equity in the Office of Human Resources. She previously served as the director and Title IX coordinator at Purdue University. A native of Peru, Indiana, Oliver graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in American studies and a minor in anthropology in 2005.
Rose Hulman Names Executive Director of Alumni Relations
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has appointed Brandon Zollner’s as the new executive director of alumni relations. Zollner has spent the past six years as a member of the university's advancement team, and director of corporate and foundation relations. He will oversee an office within Institutional Advancement that works with the Alumni Association and collaborates with other alumni and campus groups to build alumni volunteerism and engagement.
Trine University Names Dean of Students
Trine University has named Cisco Ortiz as dean of students. Ortiz had served as chair of Trine's Department of Criminal Justice since last year and has been a full time faculty member since 2015. He will be responsible for administering all programs related to the social and developmental needs of students.
Kinsey Institute Promotes Garcia
Indiana University has promoted Justin Garcia to acting executive director. He currently serves as research director. Garcia, who is also the Ruth N. Halls associate professor of gender studies and a bicentennial professor, is an evolutionary biologist and an international leader in sex research.
Deetz Takes on New Roles at VU
The Vincennes University Foundation has promoted Kristi Deetz to executive director. She will also serve in the newly formed role of senior director of advancement for the university. Deetz most recently served as the foundation’s interim director while also serving as senior director of external relations.
SMWC Names Security Director
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College has hired Greg Ewing as director of campus security. He previously spent 28 years with the Vigo County Sheriff’s office where he served as sheriff and deputy chief of operations. Ewing is graduate of Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminology.
IU Appoints O'Neill College Dean
Indiana University has appointed Siân Mooney as dean of the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, which is pending formal approval by the IU Board of Trustees. Mooney currently serves as an associate dean at Arizona State University. She previously held positions at Montana State University, University of Wyoming, Boise State University and the National Science Foundation.
IU Names Cybersecurity Innovation Director
Indiana University has selected Von Welch for the newly-created position of executive director for cybersecurity innovation. He currently serves as director of the IU Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, a role in which he will continue in addition to the new position.
University of Notre Dame Names VP
The University of Notre Dame has promoted Trent Grocock to vice president for finance. He is currently associate vice president for financial planning and analysis. A graduate of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in finance, Grocock returned to his alma mater in 2001 as a senior financial analyst.
Brettnacher Appointed Superintendent
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades has named Joe Brettnacher superintendent of catholic schools for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. He most recently served as principal of Scecina Memorial High School in Indianapolis. Brettnacher has also served as superintendent of the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio.
Trine Promotes Eberts to Assistant VP
Trine University has promoted Keirsten Eberts to assistant vice president for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. She has served as interim assistant vice president since October, when CGPS shifted to a new, centralized leadership model. Eberts graduated from Trine with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology in 2014 and a Master of Science in leadership in 2015.
Saint Mary’s Welcomes Coordinator of BAVO
Saint Mary’s College has named Liz Coulston coordinator of the Belles Against Violence Office. She previously worked at the YWCA of West Central Michigan and at the University of Texas School of Public Health. Coulston will provide campus programming for students on sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking.
Purdue Names School of Aeronautics Leader
Purdue University has named William Crossley as head of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Crossley currently serves as a professor in the School of Aeronautics and as director of Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility, and Sustainability. He will lead about 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students and 38 faculty members in the fall. Crossley holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Arizona State University.
Purdue University Names Head of Mechanical Engineering
The Purdue College of Engineering has named Eckhard Groll as the William E. and Florence E. Perry Head of Mechanical Engineering. Groll currently serves as associate dean for undergraduate and graduate education for the College of Engineering. He came to Purdue as an assistant professor in 1994 and became a full professor in 2005. He holds degrees from Ruhr-University of Bochum and University of Hanover, Germany.
USI Names Carey Romain College of Business Dean
The University of Southern Indiana has named Dr. Catherine Carey as dean of the Romain College of Business. Carey has served as interim dean of the Gordon Ford College of Business at Western Kentucky University since July 2018. She joined the WKU faculty in 1992 and has served in several positions, including Department of Economics Chair. Carey holds a bachelors, master's and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.
Kenzie Academy Names New General Manager
Indianapolis-based Kenzie Academy has named Danielle McDowell general manager, effective immediately. McDowell previously was the executive director of The Speak Easy in downtown Indianapolis. McDowell is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She is an entrepreneur and former co-founder of Loxa Beauty, acquired by Sally Beauty Holdings in 2013.
IUPUI Names Associate Vice Chancellor
IUPUI has named Hilary Kahn as associate vice chancellor for international affairs and associate vice president for international affairs at Indiana University effective Sept. 1, subject to approval by the IU Board of Trustees. Kahn will also serve on the faculty in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. She currently serves as assistant dean for international education and global initiatives and as the director of the Center for the Study of Global Change.
Ball State Names Foundation President
Ball State University has selected Jake Logan to serve as president of the university foundation and vice president of advancement. He is currently assistant vice chancellor at the University of Missouri, where he has served since 2016. For more than 10 years, he has been part of comprehensive capital campaigns exceeding $1 billion at three large public institutions.
WGU Hires PR Manager
WGU has added Corey Elliot as public relations manager. He previously served as a sports correspondent for the Associated Press where he covered collegiate and professional sporting events across Indiana. Elliot also worked as a news reporter at the Daily Journal in Franklin, Indiana.
Notre Dame Adds Dean
The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business has named Jim Leady its first associate dean for undergraduate studies. He currently serves as associate professor of finance. In the newly created position, Leady will oversee all aspects of the undergraduate curriculum, including review of existing programs and development of new initiatives that will expand access to business education for all students at Notre Dame.
Perceivant Appoints President
Perceivant has announced the appointment of Jason Konesco as President. Konesco is the former chief executive officer and co-founder of ClearScholar, and has nearly two decades in higher education. He also has experience in education technology and student engagement. Konesco holds an MBA from Butler University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Purdue Scientist Elected to Prestigious Academy
Purdue University physics and astronomy professor Chris Greene has been named to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors given to a scientist in the United States. He is Purdue’s Albert Overhauser Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy and is one of 100 new members to the academy.
IU Professor Named to U.S. National Academy of Sciences
Indiana University Distinguished Professor Linda Smith has been named a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Smith is a member of the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Science Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the honor recognizes scientists for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Her research focuses on learning in children from birth to age 3.
Rose-Hulman Names VP
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has named Thomas Bear vice president for enrollment management. He will be joining the leadership team at the school July 15. Bear currently serves as senior director for enrollment management at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to his move to Notre Dame in 2012, he served as vice president of enrollment services at the University of Evansville for seven years.
IUPUI Names Dean For University Library
IUPUI has announced Kristi Palmer as the founding Herbert Simon Family Dean of University Library. She has served as interim dean since April 2018. Palmer began her career at IUPUI in 2003 as an assistant librarian and has steadily risen to her current rank and position.
IU Bloomington Appoints Dean of College of Arts and Sciences
Indiana University Bloomington has appointed Rick Van Kooten, IU Bloomington's vice provost for research, as executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences starting July 1. Van Kooten is a physicist and has served as chair of the Department of Physics before becoming vice provost. He joined the IU Bloomington faculty in 1993 as an assistant professor in the Department of Physics.
Purdue University Fort Wayne Appoints Vice Chancellor
Purdue University Fort Wayne Chancellor Ronald L. Elsenbaumer has announced the appointment of Ruth Stone as the Vice Chancellor for Development for the university. Stone has over a decade of experience with increasing philanthropic support and engagement for organizations. She most recently was founder and president of her own consulting firm, which helped nonprofit organizations. Stone also served as chief development officer for Turnstone.
Ball State Names Dean of College of Architecture
Ball State University has named Dave Ferguson as dean of the College of Architecture and Planning. Ferguson has served as interim dean of CAP since July. He has served in academic and administrative roles in the Department of Landscape Architecture, the Center for Media Design, and the College of Architecture and Planning. Ferguson holds a bachelor's degree from Ball State University and his master's from the University of Illinois.
Goode Rejoins Indiana State University Staff
Indiana State University has brought back Gregory Goode as executive director of government relations and university communications. Goode left Indiana State in December to become president and chief executive office of a nonprofit organization based in Washington State. He previously worked in government relations for the university, but now has an expanded role in communications as well. He begins his new role on May 1. Goode holds degrees from Indiana State University.
IU Media School Names Director of Journalism Center
Indiana University has named Kathleen Johnston the founding director of the Michael I. Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism on the university's Bloomington campus. She is a 30-year veteran of investigative journalism and a Media School visiting professor of practice.
Dion Named Igleheart Chair at University of Evansville
The University of Evansville has announced Robert Dion as the newest holder of the Igleheart Chair in Political Science. The chair is awarded to a faculty member who has demonstrated an understanding of the importance of teaching excellence in the field of political science. The chair is also responsible for promoting student internships and forums of interest to political science majors and the wider community.
IUPUI Appoints Dean of School of Health & Human Sciences
IUPUI Chancellor Nasser Paydar has announced the appointment of Rafael Bahamonde as founding dean of the School of Health & Human Sciences. Bahamonde will begin on July 1, pending approval by the Indiana University Board of Trustees. He has served as interim dean of the school since it was officially established in July 2018 as a result of the merger of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management.
Wabash College Professor Named ACE Fellow
The American Council on Education has announced Wabash College professor Ann Taylor has been named one of 39 ACE Fellows for the 2019-20 academic year. Taylor is the Haines Professor of Biochemistry and chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. She is the first biochemist in the Wabash Chemistry Department, and created the courses and curriculum for Wabash's Biochemistry major.
IU Grand Challenge Initiative Names Informatics Officer
Indiana University Grand Challenge Precision Health Initiative has hired Umberto Tachinardi, MD as its chief informatics officer. The initiative is led by Indiana University School of Medicine to transform biomedical research and health care innovations. Tachinardi will also serve as professor of biostatistics and assistant dean for clinical research informatics for IU School of Medicine
The Excel Center Names Director
Goodwill LEADS, Inc. has named David Plesac as Director of The Excel Center in Hammond. Plesac previously was director of adult education at New Vistas High School in Portage. He also served as assistant principal at New Vistas and dean of students at Fegely Middle School. Plesac spent 15 years in the financial industry prior to his career in education. He holds a master's degree in School Administration from Purdue Calumet.
WGU Hires Strategic Partnership Manager
WGU Indiana has added Lindsay Taylor as strategic partnership manager. She previously worked at The Princeton Review as manager of outreach to promote its private tutoring, test prep and college admissions services. Taylor holds a communications degree from the University of Indianapolis.
IPS Hires Chief of Transformation
Indianapolis Public Schools has named Dennis Tackitt chief of transformation. He previously served for 20 years as chief financial officer for Wayne Township Schools in Indianapolis, where he was responsible for finance, facilities, transportation and child nutrition.
Trine Names Ketner School Dean
Trine University in Angola has selected Catherine Benson as dean of the Ketner School of Business. Benson, who currently serves as chair of the school and director of golf management at the university, will begin her new role in June. Benson is also an assistant professor at Trine. She succeeds Toby Swick, who has served in the role since 2016 and will transition to chair for the Ketner School in June.
Purdue Promotes Professor Associate Dean
Purdue University has named long-time professor Gerald Shivley associate dean and director of the College of Agriculture's International Programs in Agriculture. He has been an agricultural economics professor at Purdue for more than two decades. International Programs in Agriculture assists and facilitates international experiences, collaborative relationships, and projects that aid faculty and staff, undergraduate and graduate students and international visitors.
Ivy Tech Community College Names Vice President
Ivy Tech Community College has named Linda Calvin as vice president for information technology. She will provide professional leadership in the development of quality standards and consistency in academic courses, training, and other programs to serve the information technology sector. Calvin currently works at Stanley Security.
Christian Theological Seminary Names President
Christian Theological Seminary has named David Mellott its seventh president. He will assume his new role effective July 1. Mellott most recently served as vice president for academic affairs, dean of the seminary and professor of Theological Formation at Lancaster Theological Seminary.
Rose-Hulman Names First Maker-In-Residence
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has brought technical content creator Shawn Hymel to campus as part of its first Maker-In-Residence program during Maker Week. Hymel, a Rose-Hulman alumnus and former creative engineer with SparkFun Electronics, will present a series of workshops that allow Rose-Hulman students to learn new tools and materials to develop creative projects.
The Mind Trust Hires Senior Director
The Mind Trust has hired Sara Marshall as Senior Director of Talent. Marshall will ensure Indianapolis schools have access to implement strategies to recruit and retain teachers and leaders. She will also oversee work with Relay Graduate School of Education, and the development of Relay's Teaching Residency program.
IUPUI Names First Female Dean of School of Dentistry
Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch has been named dean of the Indiana University School of Dentistry at IUPUI, pending approval from the Board of Trustees. Murdoch-Kinch will be the 10th person, and first woman, named dean in the school's 140-year history. She previously served as associate dean for academic affairs and the Dr. Walter H. Swartz Professor of Integrated Special Care Dentistry at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
WGU Indiana Names New Chancellor
WGU has named Alison Bell chancellor. She most recently served as director of degree completion at IUPUI. Bell has more than 20 years of higher education leadership experience, including four years as general manager of WGU Indiana operations from 2010-2014. She succeeds Allison Barber, who served as chancellor from the launch of WGU Indiana in 2010 until last May, when she was named president of WGU Advancement.
IPS Promotes Stricklen
Indianapolis Public Schools has promoted Kristian Little Stricklen to chief communications and engagement officer. She most recently served as interim public information officer and will continue to oversee all marketing and communications functions, including creative services, special events, publicity, media relations and corporate communications. Stricklen will also oversee the district’s new Family and Community Engagement department.
IU VP Elected to Hague Academy
Indiana University vice president for international affairs, Hannah Buxbaum, has been elected to the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law. The Hague Academy was founded in 1923 as a center for high-level education and determines the scientific policies and activities of the academy, designs its programs and chooses lecturers. Buxbaum joins 17 international scholars on the Curatorium.
Purdue Hires Vice Provost
Purdue University has named John Gates vice provost for diversity and inclusion. He will serve as clinical professor in the Krannert School of Management. His appointment will be effective April 1. Gates most recently served as the inaugural associate dean responsible for diversity, inclusion and engagement strategy in the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.
The Leadership Institute Names Executive Director
The Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest has named longtime LaPorte County leader Sheila Brillson Matias executive director. She most recently served as national director of programs for Summer Advantage USA/Entrepreneurial Ventures in Education, where she worked with key community partners across the country to bring learning programs into high-need schools.
Purdue University Appoints College of Science Leaders
Senior scientists from Johns Hopkins and MIT will lead two key departments in Purdue’s College of Science beginning March 1. Bloomberg School of Public Health biologist and professor Janice Evans will become department head for Biological Sciences. Atmospheric chemist and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Daniel Cziczo, will become department head for Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.
IU Names Associate Vice Provost
Nationally known health economist Kosali Simon has been named to the newly-created associate vice provost for health sciences position at Indiana University. Simon will foster health sciences and health services research at IU Bloomington. She is a Herman B. Wells Endowed Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and is an adjunct professor in the economics department in the Kelley School of Business.
Garimella Named University of Vermont President
The University of Vermont has named Purdue University’s Suresh Garimella as its next president, effective July 1. He currently serves as executive vice president for research and partnerships and will remain at Purdue through the spring semester. Garimella came to Purdue in 1999 as associate professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering.
Manchester University Adds VP
Manchester University has named Abby Van Vlerah vice president for student affairs. She most recently worked at Long Island University as dean and chief operating officer at its Suffolk County regional campuses and before that she served as director of a mentoring program for first-generation students at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York.
USI Promotes Hess to Web Services Director
The University of Southern Indiana has promoted Brandi Hess to director of web services. She most recently served as manager of web services and will now lead the team in management and strategic development of the university's web presence. Hess began as a web designer at USI in 2000, before being named art director of an Evansville marketing agency.
IUPUI Appoints Vice Chancellor
IUPUI has appointed Dan Youngblood associate vice chancellor for finance. He has 40 years experience in higher education, including 14 years at IUPUI. Youngblood earned his bachelor's degree from the University of West Georgia and his master's degree from Southern Polytechnic State University.
Marian University Promotes Sefcik to Dean
Marian University has promoted Donald Sefcik to senior vice president for health professions and dean of the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. The university also extended his contract through the 2024-2025 academic year. Sefcik was hired as vice president of health professions and dean in 2016.
Saint Mary’s College Appoints VP
Saint Mary’s College has named Dana Strait vice president for strategy and finance. She most recently served as principal of corporate strategy and new product development at Education Advisory Board. Strait holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Whitworth University and a PhD in Neuroscience from Northwestern University.
Earlham Names 20th President
Earlham College in Richmond has named Anne Houtman its 20th president. She currently serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and will be the first woman to serve as president of Earlham. Houtman earned her bachelor of arts degree from Pomona College in California, a master's degree in anthropology from UCLA and a doctorate in zoology from the University of Oxford.
Donnelly to Teach at Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame has hired former Senator Joe Donnelly to teach two one-credit courses this semester. The South Bend Tribune reports Donnelly will teach one course in political science and another in the Keough School of Global Affairs. Former U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly will be taking on the title of 'professor of the practice' at the University of Notre Dame, where he himself earned bachelor’s and law degrees.
Manchester University Hires VP
Manchester University President Dave McFadden has announced it is developing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Lea Johnson has been hired as vice president for health science initiatives, to plan, develop and launch this and other programs. With more than 20 years of higher education experience, she is known for her leadership and for building partnerships.
Weingart Joins Huntington University as VP
Huntington University has hired Stephen Weingart as vice president of university advancement. He has nearly 30 years of business and advancement experience. Weingart most recently served as global business strategist for FedEx Custom Critical, where he led 10-fold revenue growth for Latin America from 2005 to 2011 and launched FedEx Express services in Mexico, Japan, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Korea.
Tobias Leadership Center Announces New Class of Fellows
The Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence at Indiana University announces the 2019 class of Tobias Fellows, an exclusive cohort gathered to enhance the leadership skills of high-talent, experienced leaders. The center focuses on developing the theory and practice of leaders prepared to examine and confront the challenges of innovation, impact and inclusion on their organizations and communities.
Avon High School Names Assistant Principal
Avon High School has promoted Dustin McKinney to assistant principal. He replaced Jim Ludlow, who retired in December. McKinney has been a social studies teacher at the high school for nearly two years. He also previously served as principal (grades 7-12) at Lakewood Park Christian School.
IU Hires First Chief Privacy Officer
Indiana University has hired Peter Sand as its first chief privacy officer. He will lead privacy efforts, including IU's compliance with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Sand is also responsible for handling and protecting institutional and personal data in accordance with state and federal laws and industry best practices. He most recently served as senior manager of privacy and customer trust at Amazon Lab126 in Sunnyvale, California.