NewsSpring 2013

UIndy welcomes new dean, archivist, and vice president of Advancement

English professor named dean for College of Arts & Sciences

After a national search, UIndy in December selected Dr. Jennifer Drake, professor of English, to be dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Drake has served since August 2011 as acting dean of the college, which is UIndy’s largest academic unit, comprising 14 departments in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and fine arts. It includes public radio station WICR-88.7 FM/HD, the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, the Archeology & Forensics Laboratory, and the Indiana Prehistory Laboratory. Drake joined the faculty in 2004 as an associate professor. In 2008 she was named director of UIndy’s Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship, a nationally acclaimed master’s degree program that prepares career-changers and recent college graduates to teach math and science in high-need schools.

UIndy hires archivist for city history collection

The University of Indianapolis has selected Mark Vopelak to be head archivist and curator of its Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives. One of just 14 certified archivists in the state, Vopelak had been serving as supervisor of the Indiana State Library’s Manuscripts & Rare Books Division. The institute, now under development at UIndy’s Krannert Memorial Library, is being built upon the University’s vast collection of city government documents, photos, and related artifacts from the mayoral administrations of Richard Lugar, William Hudnut, Stephen Goldsmith, and Bart Peterson, as well as materials from other donors. The institute is envisioned as a national hub for research, education, and public programs exploring the events and people behind Indianapolis’s reinvention as a world-class city. Vopelak initially will focus on cataloging and digitizing the collection—now contained in several hundred file boxes—to make it accessible to scholars and the general public. As the institute is established, he will work to maintain and expand the archives. Support for the project so far has included a $2-million startup grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. More information on the Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives is available at:

UIndy names new VP for advancement

The University of Indianapolis has selected an experienced hospital fundraiser with a background in law to be its new vice president for University Advancement. Christopher H. Molloy is certified as a fundraising executive through CFRE International and has served since 2005 as president of IU Health’s Bloomington Hospital Foundation, overseeing development, special events, constituent relations, and an increase of more than 300 percent in total yearly giving during his tenure. He will begin work at UIndy in April, managing day-to-day opera-tions in fundraising, prospect research, alumni and parent relations, and special events. Previous positions have included assistant dean for development and alumni relations at the University of Maryland School of Law and president/CEO of the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation in Indianapolis. He also practiced law for 12 years and has taught undergraduate pre-law courses. “Chris’s background matches nicely with the missions and traditions of the University, and he brings a unique range of experience to this key position,” UIndy President Robert Manuel said. “He is ideally suited to the work of securing support for the major initiatives we are gearing up to launch.”

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