New leaders at ACLU, IKE and U. Indy


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Editor's Note: This morning we received notices of leadership changes from three major local organizations. The following news releases offer more details:

The American Civil Liberties Union

A long-time member and former board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has taken the helm as its interim executive director.

Frank Young of Terre Haute, Ind., is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and a member of the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. He was Head of the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Rose-Hulman from 1987 to 2002. Young earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Haverford College in 1961, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1963 and 1968. Involved with the ACLU since the 1970s, he served as the Western Region representative to the ACLU of Indiana Board of Directors from 2002 to 2005, and previously served on the board of the ACLU of Illinois.

Young replaced Gilbert Holmes, who was ACLU of Indiana executive director from 2008 until his retirement on March 31. Young takes leadership during a time of expansion for the organization into fundraising and education outreach made possible by a $500,000 gift from the estate of Albert G. and Sara I. Reuben.

"The ACLU has two main tasks. First is the active opposition to unwarranted government actions that violate the U.S. and Indiana Constitutions. The second is ensuring the civil liberties of all individuals are protected, especially individuals who are marginalized by our society because they lack the resources to defend themselves," said Young. "As a long-time supporter of the ACLU's efforts in both of these areas, I am honored to serve as the interim director. Helping to further the goals of the ACLU is one of the ways that I express my love of my country and my support of its ideals."


Dolores E. Weis, an MPA who has directed development and relief programs and projects around the globe and in the United States, has been chosen as the new executive director of Improving Kids' Environment. She also has degrees in nursing and communications. She will be starting with IKE April 12.

"We are pleased to have found a new executive director who brings a wealth of experience to our organization. We welcome her new perspective and ideas," said Board President Indra Frank.

Ms. Weis' work has included oversight at an international non-profit specializing in solar energy and clean water programs in East Africa, directing a non-profit social services agency on a Navajo Reservation and serving in leadership roles at organizations in locations ranging from Washington, D.C. to Africa and Eastern Europe. She was also a Peace Corps volunteer.

"I am very excited to join IKE and help further the important work the organization does to protect our children and keep them healthy. Making the environment safer for children protects not only them, but future generations to come," said Ms. Weis.

Improving Kids' Environment (IKE) is a non-profit, advocacy organization that facilitates tangible and significant improvements to children's health through reductions in environmental threats. IKE helps children reach their full potential by working with citizens, non-profit organizations, governments, businesses, and others to:

1. Identify environmental health threats to children;

2. Ensure that parents and others who help children have effective access to information about these threats and the means to prevent them;

3. Support the activities of those organizations striving to remove, reduce, and communicate these threats; and

4. Promote practical means to remove or reduce recognized environmental health threats.

Note: Previous Executive Director Jodi Perras has returned to her consulting business, Perras & Associates.

Georgetown administrator to become UIndy's ninth president


After an extensive national search, Georgetown University Associate Provost and Dean Robert L. Manuel has been selected to serve as the ninth president of the University of Indianapolis, effective in July. He will succeed Beverley J. Pitts, who is retiring after seven years at the helm of the 5,500-student private university four miles south of downtown.

In announcing the selection, Board of Trustees Chair Robert Wingerter said, "I'm very excited that Rob has accepted our offer. He is extremely intelligent and reflective. He has a very clear vision for higher education and he has the ability to turn vision into action. He will be transformational for UIndy."

Trustee Deborah J. Daniels, who chaired the search committee, described Manuel as "student-focused while understanding the importance of reaching out to external constituencies. He has a vision for helping us move forward in a very entrepreneurial way."

Manuel has gained international recognition during his 20 years in higher education for his development and implementation of innovative academic programming in graduate, undergraduate, online and customized education, both at Georgetown and, prior to that, at New York University. Since arriving at Georgetown in January 2006 as dean of the School of Continuing Studies, he has reorganized and rebranded the school—streamlining operations, creating new degree and certificate programs, and increasing enrollments in all programs by more than 200 percent. He also created the Georgetown Global Education Institute for leaders from around the world, offering customized education in areas of innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, urban planning and fiscal policy. The Institute has raised more than $6 million in corporate sponsorships.

Continuing Studies is one of eight degree-granting entities at Georgetown. It enrolls roughly 6,300 students, employs 350 faculty and 85 administrative staff, and generates more than $40 million in revenue annually.Manuel's emphasis on connecting the academic environment with corporate, non-profit and government organizations has been a driving force behind the school's growth and success, and makes him an especially good fit for his new institution. UIndy has been very successful in forging alliances that advance its mission while addressing needs within the public and private sector.

In his other capacity as associate provost at Georgetown, Manuel works with the leadership of the university's Center for Social Justice, Research and Teaching; Diversity Action Council; and the senior vice president for research/chief technical officer. He is a member of the Main Campus Planning Committee, the Dean's Council and the University Campaign Council.

Manuel sits on the editorial advisory board for the Continuing Higher Education Review. He is the 2012-13 chair of the national conference for the University Professional & Continuing Education Association, and was just appointed to a two-year term on the UPCEA national advisory board.

Before arriving at Georgetown, Manuel served in the office of the Vice President for Enrollment Services at NYU, and also held the positions of chief information officer, assistant dean and clinical associate professor at NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

"UIndy has grown remarkably in academic quality, programs, enrollments and impact under the leadership of Beverley Pitts and her predecessors," Manuel said. "I am honored to join the UIndy community, and excited to work with the faculty, students and staff to address the challenges of our day. In the face of shrinking job markets and rising costs, higher education today is under intense pressure to define its relevance. Because of the groundwork that has already been laid, I believe UIndy is well positioned to lead the higher education community as we demonstrate our value to the larger society."

Manuel received a bachelor's degree in history and political science from Allegheny College, a master's degree in higher education administration from Syracuse University, and a doctorate in higher education administration from NYU. He and his wife, Wilmara, have three daughters, Sophia, 11; Alexandra, 8; and Margaux, 5.

About the University of Indianapolis

The University of Indianapolis is a private, comprehensive university dedicated to its motto of "Education for Service" and the city whose name it shares. UIndy's undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs include widely respected offerings in healthcare, education, business, communication, and the arts and sciences. Drawing students from around the globe, the university is the state's fifth largest producer of doctoral degrees, and prepares more physical therapists, occupational therapists and clinical psychologists than any other institution in the state.


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