Richard L. Ludwick has served as president and CEO of the Independent Colleges of Indiana since June 2010. Independent Colleges of Indiana, or ICI, is a membership association of the state’s 31 private, nonprofit colleges and universities. ICI’s mission is to serve as the collective voice for excellence and choice in higher education for all students. ICI institutions enroll some 100,000 students---about 20 percent of the state’s college students---and produce one-third of Indiana’s bachelor’s degrees each year.
Among his key priorities at ICI are to strategically position and project the collective strength of member institutions; advocate for public policy and resources that make possible for all students the academic excellence and choice offered by Indiana’s independent colleges and universities; to enhance public understanding of the tremendous contributions made by ICI institutions to Indiana and its future; and to promote collaborative innovation that helps ICI members provide affordable, world-class education to their students.
A native Hoosier and graduate of one of ICI’s member institutions, the University of Evansville, Ludwick served as provost at St. Gregory’s University in Oklahoma before joining ICI. During his tenure there, he led initiatives resulting in the redesign of the curriculum of the College of Arts and Sciences; a doubling in its student applications; and a 15 percent enrollment increase in the College for Working Adults. His background also includes improving student persistence rates to more than 90 percent and guiding college re-branding and integrated marketing campaigns.
Early in his career, Ludwick practiced law in Indiana before going on to serve institutions of higher learning across the United States, including positions as vice president of enrollment management and student affairs at the Albany Law School (Albany, NY); assistant dean for student and academic affairs at the University of Florida’s Fredric G. Levin College of Law (Gainesville); and dean of students at the University of Oregon School of Law (Eugene).
In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Evansville, Ludwick holds a Master of Arts in higher education administration from Teachers College of Columbia University (New York), Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney Law School, and Doctor of Education in policy management and organization of higher education administration from the University of Oregon (Eugene).
Ludwick currently serves as a commissioner for the Midwest Higher Education Compact, an interstate higher-education commission whose members are appointed by their state governors; Chair of the Board for the Coalition for College Cost Savings, a nation-wide coalition serving over 1,000 private, non-profit colleges and universities; and a member of the Indiana Chamber’s Business Higher Education Policy Committee.
He and his wife, Melynda, a Butler University alumna, have two children, son Richard, III, a University of Evansville graduate, and daughter Christianne, who earned her master’s degree at Butler University. Christianne is married to Michael Fenzl; the couple has a son, Gabriel, and will be welcoming their second child shortly.