AS, Criminal Justice, IU South Bend ‘81; BGS – IU South Bend ‘82
The pandemic has provided us with an unexpected opportunity. Its profound disruption to our global marketplace has caused virtually every industry to consider how they can reinvent themselves to better serve employees, customers and stakeholders. As one of the leading comprehensive public universities in the world, IU’s existing areas of expertise and advanced technological capabilities uniquely position us to help our partners in business, government and healthcare create integrated environments that marry the best of the past with the best new practices we’ve learned during the pandemic. As we do so, we’ll be better able to prepare our students for careers in these newly reimagined workplaces.
Our ultimate success will be defined, however, by our ability to address the workforce and societal needs of the future by preparing students with the knowledge they’ll need to make an immediate impact in their chosen fields, along with the emotional resiliency and leadership skills they'll need to thrive in a rapidly changing world.
Online course offerings that emerged during the past year enabled students to continue their education safely and with more flexibility. That experience is now core to how students will evaluate their enrollment options in the future. Remote and distance learning is nothing new to Indiana University. Our IU Online has long offered students the ability to take remote classes, which helped many members of our faculty transition to the expanded online learning necessitated by the pandemic. As the digital delivery of education becomes more prevalent, we must ensure that faculty across all disciplines receive the technical training necessary to continue providing a world-class education.
Learning is not just about the transfer of information, it’s also about personal and social interactions. As a trustee, I will advocate for the further development of a hybrid educational model – informed by the needs of students and employers and delivered by a well-trained faculty – that strikes an appropriate discipline-specific balance between in-person and online learning that promotes student success. IU’s preeminent technological infrastructure enables us to literally meet learners where they are. We must invest in future technological innovations that empower students by providing convenient connectivity to the entire curriculum thereby further enhancing the experience of learning.
Since 2008, I have served as COO of the Hospice Foundation following a business career involving various entrepreneurial ventures and executive management positions with both private and publicly traded corporations.
As Hospice Foundation COO, I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with IU colleagues on various initiatives, including the establishment of an endowed fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at the IU School of Medicine, securing funding for an endowed chair at the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences and working with physicians from the IU Center for Global Health at its program in Eldoret, Kenya.
My dedication to advancing the mission of Indiana University extends back to my time as an IUSB student when I served as president of the Student Association and as editor-in-chief of The PREFACE Newspaper. A 16-year member of the IUSB Alumni Board, I served two years as president, during which time we started the Alumni Scholars Program and received the inaugural Chancellor’s Medal for Service. Most recently, I served as a member of IUSB’s Bicentennial Steering Committee and presently serve as a member of the IUAA Executive Council. Past honors include: IUSB Distinguished Alumni Award and commencement speaker (2010), IU Alumni Association President’s Award (2001), IU School of Continuing Studies Distinguished Alumni Award (1999).
From serving as the student representative on the Chancellor’s Long-Range Planning Committee in 1979 to serving as vice-chairman of the Chancellor’s Advisory Board in 2007, I’ve had the privilege of working with IUSB campus leaders on a wide range of priorities. As an alumni leader and 20-year Hoosiers for Higher Education community captain, I was involved in lobbying efforts that secured funding for a number of campus construction projects, including the Student Activities Center, Wiekamp Hall, Arts and Education Building, Administration Building renovation and building a bridge across the St. Joseph River to connect the campus to what would become Riverside Crossing Campus Apartments.
Through the years, I’ve chaired boards of numerous non-profit organizations and am current board chair of the Business Development Corporation and serve on the boards of Michiana Public Broadcasting Corporation and the 1st Source Bank Business Advisory Board.
My wife Dena is also a proud two-time IU graduate (BA ’90, MS ’99). We have three amazing children, two of whom currently attend IU: Grant is a junior, majoring in finance & accounting at the Kelley School of Business and Blair is a freshman majoring in political science at IUPUI. Our oldest son, Mike, works for Sony Music Publishing in Nashville, TN.
I appreciate your consideration and ask for your vote.