IU Degrees: BS Biology 1984; MD 1989
Former IU Student-Athlete, Women’s Basketball
Indiana University is a world class institution where I was fortunate to receive all my higher education. I had many rich and diverse experiences at IU (both undergraduate and medical school) that prepared me well for the world and continue to enhance my life. It is from this perspective, along with great passion and service for Indiana University, that I seek to serve as Trustee.
Indiana University is one of the greatest colleges in this country, excelling in both academics and athletics. Like all institutions of higher learning, we have the challenge of safeguarding our history while embracing our future.
The IU Board of Trustees face many urgent issues today: rising tuition costs and the mounting debt on our young graduates, the fiscal sustainability of colleges, and re- thinking traditional admission requirements oﬀering all students equitable access.
While addressing these urgent issues, Trustees must concurrently focus on a clear vision for our future and pursue strategies regarding our infrastructure, our brand of excellence, new and modern technologies available to campuses, and ever-evolving fields of study. As a physician, I know the importance of keeping up with the latest advancements in any disciple.
Since relocating back to Indiana in 2007, I have been involved at IU in ways I believe enhance my Trustee candidacy:
- Speaker, Dedication of Cook Hall in 2010, represented women’s basketball
- Board Member, I-Association (former letter-winning athletes at IU- approximately 8,000 members), 2008-2016
- President, I-Association, 2013-2016
- Participant, National Varsity Club Board of Directors Meetings as I- Association representative
- President's Advisory Council, I-Association, 2016-present
- Member, Athletic Committee, 2010-2017 (first 2 years appointed by President McRobbie, following 5 years as I -Association president and representative)
- Member, IUAA Executive Council, 2020-present
During my time on the Athletic Committee, I was active in the oversight of the Athletic Department: department and student-athlete policies, oversight of coaches and the department, reviewing yearly gender-equity and diversity policies recommended by the NCAA, ticket prices, budget items and the well-being of student-athletes.
I have stayed very connected to our women’s basketball program (coaches and players) and have a relationship with many of our IU coaches and Athletic Staﬀ and can say unequivocally that we are doing it the right way! I have also served as a mentor to current student-athletes who are interested in careers in medicine or science, writing several letters of recommendation for medical school, and have spent time with the freshman athletes (all sports) allowing them to ask questions of former athletes.
I was fortunate to be the starting point guard on the 1983 Big Ten Championship Team that advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament. My teammates came from varied backgrounds with diﬀering beliefs, but we found a way to work together for a common goal and we remain close to this day. It is with that spirit that I would govern as a Trustee.
As involved as I am in IU athletics, my interests are far wider. My parents, who were both educators and involved in higher education, placed an emphasis on a strong liberal arts foundation and the importance of being a well-rounded person. They also encouraged us to appreciate the arts, which I do as someone who still loves to play the cello and appreciates the arts in all its forms.
The best way to describe what kind of Trustee I will be if elected is to understand what I value:
- I value strong visionary leadership
- I value integrity and doing things the “right’ way
- I value collaboration
- I value diversity and inclusion
- I value competition
- I value science and data
- I value other perspectives and those who “think outside the box”
- I value being a part of something greater than myself
- I value hard work, commitment and loyalty
- I value people and relationships
I am a passionate life-long learner, and if I become Trustee of this great institution, I promise to put my whole heart into it. I will research issues and educate myself on related subjects and do my best to represent well this place I love, always making decisions that reflect our core values.
It is imperative that Indiana University continue to be a leader in oﬀering students top- ranked fields of study in both undergraduate and graduate level programs. My fervent hope is we will continue the global vision of excellence, innovation, diversity, and inclusion that our beloved past president Herman B Wells enacted decades ago.
Thank you for your consideration.
For the glory of old IU!