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Dear ICI Colleagues and Friends, 

As ICI Board chair and president of Grace College, I have the pleasure of announcing Dr. David Wantz of the University of Indianapolis (UIndy) as the next president & CEO of the Independent Colleges of Indiana.  He will succeed Dr. Richard L. Ludwick, who is leaving in June to assume the presidency of the University of St. Thomas (Houston, Texas).  

Over the past months, a search committee of the Board has been diligently seeking Richard’s successor.  David received the unanimous support of the ICI search and executive committees, as well as the staff.  He has the experience, temperament, relationships, and knowledge necessary to lead ICI, and we are confident in his ability to successfully address the challenges faced by independent higher education today.


Currently serving as interim executive vice president and provost at the University of Indianapolis, David has been a faculty member at UIndy since 1982, serving at various times as dean of students, director of corporate and foundation giving, and special assistant to the president for community and government relations.  He has an extensive background in community development, starting his career as a police officer in Baltimore, Maryland,  

He served the administrations of Indianapolis Mayors Greg Ballard and Joe Hogsett as director of public safety on an interim basis.  Actively involved in community service, he is the current chair of the Indianapolis Public Library Board of Trustees and a member of the Indianapolis Police Department Merit Board.  In 2013, he was recognized by Indiana’s Governor with the Sagamore of the Wabash.  

Please join me in congratulating and extending best wishes to David in his new role with ICI.

All my best,
Bill Katip


Dr. David Wantz: New ICI President & CEO

"I am so excited for this opportunity at ICI to blend my understanding of private higher education, my work in civic engagement, and my experience in government relations to tell the story of how valuable our 31 private colleges and universities are to the state of Indiana.”




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