Indiana Tech: Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Indiana Tech is governed by the Board of Trustees. The Board's role and responsibility is to support the university's mission by general, academic, and financial policy making.

The authority of the Board covers a range of functions including:

  • Selecting and supporting the president of the university
  • Reviewing and approving changes in the university's academic programs
  • Approving the university's annual budget, tuition, and fees
  • Authorizing campus construction and expansion
  • Approving earned academic and honorary degrees
  • Serving actively as advocates for the university in matters of public policy

The Board of Trustees currently has 17 members including the president of the university and two trustees emeriti. Each trustee serves a three-year term and can be re-elected based on the recommendation of the committee.

Emeritus

 

Arthur E. Snyder, Ed.D., President

Arthur E. Snyder, Ed.D., is in his 11th year as president of Indiana Tech. Under his leadership, Indiana Tech has experienced tremendous growth. Academic offerings have expanded to include a doctoral program and law school, as well as programs in biomedical and energy engineering, elementary education, and criminal justice. This, along with the development of hybrid delivery systems, has contributed to enrollment growth of over 175%. By assembling and supporting a strong leadership team, Snyder has transformed the campus culture to one of continuous improvement and learning. He has implemented long range strategic and budget planning systems and increased fundraising success which has resulted in a 261% increase in the endowment all while expanding the physical campus. While athletic programs and student engagement have increased, so has academic rigor.

Previously, Snyder was Dean of the Tabor School of Business and the Dwayne O. Andreas Chair of Executive Management at Millikin University. Before joining academia, he had a 20+ year career in the telecommunications industry rising to the position of vice president for the Data Systems Division of AT&T.

Snyder is a decorated Vietnam veteran having served two tours with the U.S. Navy Seabees. He returned to earn an undergraduate degree from Barry University, graduating summa cum laude, and continued on to earn a master’s degree in business administration in strategic management. Snyder earned a doctor of education in innovation and leadership at Wilmington University. He is published in a number of academic and industry publications.

Snyder is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Council of Presidents and represents the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference for the NAIA. His current civic involvement includes serving on the board of directors for STARBASE Indiana, Inc. and Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana. He also is a member of the Investment Committee for Independent College of Indiana, Fort Wayne Business Forum, and Quest Club. In 2012, he was given the Swagger Award by the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance and named the CEO of the Year by The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce.

Snyder and his wife, Camille, have a daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and Alberto, and a son, Christopher, who reside in Florida. The Snyders also have three grandchildren, Luca, Dominic, and Giada. Snyder’s outside interests include family, reading, gardening, tennis, golf, and playing the guitar.

 

Janet C. Chrzan, CPA, Chair

Janet C. Chrzan is a principal of Vision Management Consulting and an independent contractor for Accenture Consulting. She retired from Lincoln National Corp. In 2006 with 22 years of service in a variety of roles including senior vice president and chief financial officer of Lincoln National Life Insurance Co. She earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1981.

Chrzan also serves on the Parkview Health System Board of Directors, the Wilson Foundation Board of Directors, the Nature Conservancy of Indiana Board of Trustees, the Foellinger Foundation Investment/Finance Committee, the St. Elizabeth Church Finance Committee, the Leadership Fort Wayne Alumni Board of Directors, and the United Way of Allen County Audit Committee.

Chrzan was selected as Lincoln's Leadership Fort Wayne representative for the Class of 1993, was selected as Lincoln's representative for Tribute to Women of Achievement in 1994, earned the 21 Women in Leadership Award in 2004, and won the Athena Award from the Chamber of Commerce in 2004.

 

Robert A. Wagner, Esq., Vice Chair

Robert Wagner is an attorney with Shambaugh, Kast, Beck & Williams, LLP. He previously was a partner with Helmke, Beams, Boyer & Wagner and worked as chief trial deputy prosecutor attorney for the Allen County Prosecutor's Office.

Wagner holds a bachelor's degree in government from Valparaiso University and a law degree from Indiana University.

He is a board member for Concordia Educational Association and Concordia Educational Foundation. He is a member of the Allen County, Indiana State and American Bar Associations He previously served on the boards of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, the Allen County Bar Association and Park Center.

Wagner and his wife, Elsa, have three children, Steven, Brian, and Valerie. His interests include family, homes, and current events.

 

Gregg C. Sengstack, Secretary

Gregg C. Sengstack is the president and chief operating officer of Franklin Electric Co., Inc., in Bluffton, Ind. He has held various positions in the finance organization of Franklin Electric since 1988.

He has been a member of the board of the Indiana CPA Society and currently serves on the board of Canterbury School.

Sengstack holds a bachelor's degree from Bucknell University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

He and his wife, Dianne, have three children, Victoria, Christopher, Alexa. His hobbies include family, flying, and sailing.

 

Cheri A. Becker, BSHSM '94

Cheri Becker is executive director of Leadership Fort Wayne. Becker previously served as regional vice president of JobWorks, Inc., and executive director of Invent Tomorrow, Inc. She is the past president of the Northeast Indiana Business Assistance Corp., and past executive director of the Small Business Development Center of Northeast Indiana.

Becker is an Indiana Tech alumna, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Services Management in 1994 along with certificates from Ball State University's Economic Development Academy and Center for Entrepreneurial Resources. Becker is a 1988 graduate of Leadership Fort Wayne and served as Leadership Fort Wayne's Alumni Association president in 1994 and '95.

Becker’s current volunteer service includes serving on the boards of The History Center, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners. She is past chair of the YWCA Circle of Women Steering Committee. She has served on the organizing and founding committees to establish the University of Saint Francis Family Business Center and the Northeast Indiana Entrepreneurial Alliance. Becker served as the Chief Executive for Imagine Nation, a Children's Museum in South Carolina, and as the director for internal communication and community involvement at Sterling Diagnostic Imaging, Inc.

Becker worked as an independent contractor providing strategic planning, grant writing, fund development, marketing and planning services to a variety of clients including the City of Fort Wayne, the Downtown Improvement District, the 431 Foundation, and the Non-profit Association of Northeast Indiana. Becker is a co-founder of the Fort Wayne Area Public Safety Foundation, Inc., is on the board of the Indiana High-speed Rail Initiative and is a director on the Board of the Northeast Indiana Non-profit Association.

Becker's past community involvement has included Home for New Beginnings, Opportunity Greenville, United Neighborhood Economic Development Corp., Speech Hearing and Learning Center, South Carolina Chapter Nature Conservancy, Three Rivers Festival, Community Development Corporation of Fort Wayne, Citizen's Advisory Committee of the City of Fort Wayne, Urban Land Institute Task Force of the Fort Wayne Enterprise Zone Association, Three Rivers Literacy Alliance, Northeast Indiana Entrepreneurial Business Alliance, Fort Wayne Ballet.

Becker has received recognition as Who's Who In Finance & Industry, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in America, and Fort Wayne Urban League's Outstanding Community Leadership Award.

Becker and her husband, Mark, reside in Fort Wayne.

 

Michael P. Browning, CPA, MBA

Mike Browning joined Parkview Health as Chief Financial Officer in November 2010. Prior to joining Parkview, Browning served as Chief Financial Officer for St. Mary’s Health System in Evansville, Ind. He has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare financial accounting and strategy, planning, forecasting, budgeting, reimbursement, auditing, and revenue cycle. Browning has a bachelor’s degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College and has received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Louisville.

 

Paul Chodak III

Paul Chodak III is president and chief operating officer of Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), an operating company of American Electric Power (AEP) headquartered in Fort Wayne, Ind. Chodak was appointed to his current role in 2010 after serving as president and chief operating officer for Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), an operating company that serves customers in Louisiana, Arkansas and northeast Texas.

Chodak attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute on a Naval ROTC scholarship where he graduated with honors with Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. He went on to serve more than seven years in the U.S. Navy as a submarine officer, earning numerous commendations and completing both submarine and chief engineer officer qualifications. He also earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Upon leaving active duty, Chodak was awarded a Department of Energy Fellowship to study nuclear engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a doctorate in 1996. He then went on to conduct research on technology and policy issues concerning nuclear power and proliferation risks as a staff scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Chodak continued his service as a Naval Reserve Officer until he resigned his commission as a Lieutenant Commander in 1998. He completed MIT's Reactor Technology Course for Utilities Executives in 2011. Chodak is a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional.

Chodak is a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Energy Association and a member of the board for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana, the American Nuclear Society, and the Sigma Xi Research Society.

 

H. Robert Gill, Jr., BSELE, 1960

Bob Gill, BSELE 1960, is serial CEO who has managed several emerging growth companies as well led multiple corporate turn-around situations with a record of achieving strong shareholder value. Gill is a principal with the Topaz Group, a consulting services firm for corporations and private equity investors which he formed in 1996.

He is chairman of AdPay, Inc., a member of the board of directors of Varolii Corporation and Tendril, Inc, and venture partner of Appian Ventures. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering from Indiana Tech, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Gill also serves as chairman of the board for the Boulder Innovation Center and as chairman emeritus of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado and continues as chairman of the development committee. He was the recipient of the Boulder, Colo., Esprit Entrepreneur Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.

 

Diane Humphrey

Diane Humphrey is a retired elementary school teacher. She taught kindergarten and elementary school in Fort Wayne at Harrison Hill and Southern Heights schools and while teaching in Bluffton, she taught at Poplar Grove, Columbian, and Park schools. Humphrey earned a Master's of Science in Education from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and a Master's of Arts in Education from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.

Humphrey currently serves as a board member for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic; Wells Community Boys & Girls Club, Inc.; and Civic Theatre. Her past civic and professional activities include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, Inc.; Creative Arts Council of Wells Co., Inc; North Side High School Alumni Association; and Caylor Nickel Foundation, Inc.

Humphrey was recently was honored by being named Wells County's 2008 Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

Diane Humphrey is a resident of Bluffton, Indiana. She has three children and nine grandchildren. Her interests include traveling, cooking, gardening, history, reading, and playing bridge.

 

Eric J. Jenkinson, M.D.

Eric J. Jenkinson is a non-operative musculoskeletal physician with Orthopedics Northeast specializing in sports medicine. He earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine after earning his bachelor's degree in chemistry at Taylor University-Upland. During his medical training, he was a volunteer with Special Olympics, the Community Outreach Program, and for the Olympic swimming trials.

He is the head team physician for Indiana Tech as well as Taylor University, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and Elmhurst High School.

Dr. Jenkinson is a member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American Association of Pediatrics, is Board Certified in Pediatrics and a CAQ in Sports Medicine.

 

Jeanne E. Longsworth

Jeanne E. Longsworth recently opened her own firm, Longsworth Law LLC. Prior to opening her firm, Longsworth was a partner and practiced for more than 20 years at one of Indiana's largest law firms.

Longsworth earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from Indiana University and her law degree from Valparaiso. Longsworth is a Certified Public Accountant and an Indiana Estate Planning and Estate Administration Specialist.

In addition to serving on Indiana Tech's Board of Trustees, Longsworth currently serves on the Board of Directors and is an officer of each of the following organizations: The Helen P. Van Arnam Foundation, Inc.; and the Mary E. Van Drew Charitable Foundation, Inc. Longsworth is also a member of the Allen County, Indiana State and American Bar Associations and the Indiana CPA Society.

Longsworth and her husband, Keith, reside in Fort Wayne.

 

Edwin C. Metcalfe, Trustee Emeritus

Edwin Metcalfe is a retired vice president and general manager with WPTA-TV. Prior to his career in the broadcast business, he was a professional musician. Metcalf attended the University of Pittsburgh and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Indiana Tech.

Metcalfe's professional and civic experiences include:

  • Boy Scouts of American- Anthony Wayne Council, President of the Board
  • Fort Wayne Public Television, Board Member
  • Junior Achievement of Northeast Indiana, Chairman of the Board
  • Three Rivers Ambulance Authority, Board Member
  • ABC Television Affiliates (Board Member, Government Relations Committee, Board of Governors, Treasurer, Viewer Information and Education Committee Board Advisor)
  • Allen County Judicial Court Appointment Commission
  • American Legion Musicians Post, commander and Head of Los Angeles Area Hospital Commission
  • Better Business Bureau, Board of Directors
  • Convention and Visitors Bureau, Board of Directors
  • Downtown Fort Wayne Association, Board Member
  • Embassy Theatre Foundation, Advisory Council
  • Fort Wayne Mental Health Association, Board Member
  • Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Board Member
  • Fort Wayne Press Club's 1975 Gridiron, General Chairman
  • Fort Wayne Urban League, Board Member
  • Girl Scouts of America (Limberlost Council, Board member)
  • Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce (Chairman, Area Development Committee Member, Board of Directors, President)
  • Headwaters Park Alliance, Board Member
  • Indiana Broadcasters Association, President
  • Indiana Supreme Court Appointment Commission
  • Harold W. McMillen Healthy Education Center, Board Member
  • Mason, Liberal Arts Lodge of Los Angeles
  • National Association of Broadcasters
  • St. Joseph Health Foundation, Board Member
  • "Save the Embassy" Foundation, Board Member
  • United Way Cabinet

Metcalfe and his late wife, Margaret, had two children, Judith Hampton and R. Duane Metcalfe. His interests include golf, travel, and languages.

 

Manuel Peña-Morros

Mr. Peña-Morros is a Trustee of Indiana Institute of Technology, board member of Valores León a brokerage house in the Dominican Republic, board member of insurance company, Seguros SURA, S.A., and retired Chairman of Banco Leon.

Mr. Peña-Morros began his banking career in 1970 in the Dominican Republic with The Chase Manhattan Bank and during his twenty eight year career with Chase, held several executive positions in Latin America including General Manager in Mexico, Puerto Rico and Colombia, Regional Manager for Venezuela and Colombia, and Regional Manager for the Caribbean and Central America.

He retired from Chase in 1998 and became the Executive Vice President of the Credicorp Financial Group in Panama and in 2001 returned to his country, the Dominican Republic to manage Banco Profesional, which had been recently acquired by the León family to diversify from the beer and tobacco businesses.

In 2003 and as a result of an economic and banking crisis in the Dominican Republic, Banco Profesional acquired Bancredito, one of three failed banks, which merged with Profesional and becoming Banco Leon. Mr. Peña-Morros was appointed President of the merged bank and elected to Chairman in 2009 until his retirement in 2012.

 

Patricia Schaefer, Trustee Emeritus

Patricia Schaefer was Director for the Muncie Public Library from 1959 to 1986. Her other professional experience includes employment with Columbus Public Library Assistant, Fort Wayne Fine Arts Foundation Secretary, Home Telephone Company, WOWO, and U.S. Rubber Co.

Schaefer earned an undergraduate degree in music from Northwestern University, a master's in music from the University of Illinois, and a master's in library science from the University of Michigan. In 2003, she was awarded an honorary doctorate of Library Science from Indiana Tech.

Schaefer's civic and professional involvement includes:

  • The Nature Conservancy, Indiana
  • Altrusa International, Inc. of Muncie
  • Wapehani Co. Girl Scouts U.S.A
  • Community Foundation. Muncie and Delaware County
  • Franklin Electric Company
  • Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University
  • Muncie Matinee Musicale
  • Indiana Renaissance Fair
  • Minnetrista Cultural Center
  • ARC, Hoosier Heartland Chapter
  • American Red Cross, Hoosier Heartland Chapter
  • Muncie YWCA
  • President's Council, Berea College
  • Masterwork Chorale
  • Delaware County Council for the Arts
  • Midwest Writers' Workshop
  • Advisory Council College of Fine Arts, Ball State University
  • Indiana Humanities Council, WIPB-TV
  • Muncie Symphony Association
  • Muncie Symphony Orchestra
  • National League of American Pen Women, Midwest Writers Workshop
  • WIPB Public Television Board of Directors
  • Mayor's Book Committee and the Indiana Humanities Council

Schaefer's interests include writing, public broadcasting, education, and the humanities.

 

Richard "Dick" J. Schul, BSME 1969

Richard Schul recently retired from Emerson Electric as group vice president of Emerson Climate Technologies. He started his career with Emerson in 1981 and held positions of increasing responsibility throughout his tenure including: marketing manager, director of marketing and vice president of marketing for Emerson Motors through 1989. In 1990, he was named president of Alco Controls Division of Emerson; in 1997, he was named president of Emerson’s Air Moving Motors Division; in 1998, he was named president of Specialty and Air Moving Motors; and in 2000, he was named group vice president of Emerson’s Commercial Industrial Motors group.

Schul is an active member of the St. Louis community. He belongs to Ascension Parish in Chesterfield, where he served as parish council president in 1996-1997. He served on the board of the Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce in 1994-95. He particularly enjoys involvement with charities in the St. Louis area that support children. He has served on the board of directors for St. Joseph’s Institute for the Deaf in Chesterfield since 1992, where he was chairman in 1999-2001. He served as the North County Friends of Scouting chairman and district chairman for the Boy Scouts of Greater St. Louis from 1997-2003. He joined the board of the Missouri Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2004 and is currently serving as chairman of the St. Louis (eastern Missouri) chapter.

In addition to his engineerig degree, Schul holds an MBA from the University of Dayton.

Schul and his wife, Geralyn (Geri) have two adult children.

 

Nicole R. Turner-Ridley

Nicole Turner-Ridley is Director of Projects for LCMS National Housing Support Corp./Independent Contractor.

Turner-Ridley holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from University of Saint Francis and completed the Institute of Organizational Effectiveness program at Taylor University.

Her civic involvement includes the METRO YMCA Board, Downtown Rotary Service Club, The Fort Wayne Urban League Board, Knight Foundation Community Advisory Committee, and the Court House Preservation Trust Board. In the past she has served on The Gingerbread House Board, AISEDA Board, SOAR, CDC Board and the Fort Wayne Urban League Gala Committee.

Turner-Ridley has been featured by The Journal Gazette as a future leader in Fort Wayne, by Fort Wayne Magazine as a Future 40 under 40, and by INK Newspaper as one of the 50 most influential African Americans in Northeast Indiana. Turner-Ridley recently moved to Alexandria, VA.

Turner-Ridley is married to Irvin Ridley and has one son. Her interests include watching her son participate in his high school extra curricular activities, shopping and relaxing at home.

 

Terry Van Daele, MBA 2004, Alumni Board Representative

Terry Van Daele is the alumni representative to the Board. He has served on the Alumni Board since 2009 and has been very active with alumni events. He is the general manager for business development at Precision Die Technologies in Fort Wayne.

He is a member of the Fort Wayne Engineering Club and past president of its board of directors.

In addition to his MBA, Van Daele earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering technology from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and two diplomas of engineering from Sault College.

 

Jeffrey L. Walls, Ed.D., Faculty Representative

Jeffrey L. Walls is the faculty representative to the Board of Trustees and has been a professor of business administration at Indiana Tech since 1989.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing at Indiana University, an MBA in finance at University of Saint Francis, and a doctorate in education at Ball State University. Walls was certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) in 1994, recertified in 1997, and earned the Certified Professional for Life designation in 2000.

He is faculty advisor for the Indiana Tech student chapter of SHRM and Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He has won numerous awards from the university, including the 2009-10 Faculty Member of the Year and SHRM National Advisor of the Year.

 

Michael H. Wood, M.D. - BSCHEM 1968

Dr. Michael H. Wood, BSCHEM 1968, is medical director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at Harper University Hospital and of the American Bariatric Medicine Institute. Wood is one of the leading bariatric surgeons in the country and with colleague Dr. Jim Sapala holds a patent for Micropouch gastric bypass surgery. Wood is also a clinical professor of surgery at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich.

He has earned numerous honors and awards including Best Doc, Inc. HOUR Magazine, Detroit, Mich.; Faculty Research Award, Wayne State University; Theodore McGraw Clinical Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, Wayne State University; and The Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Physician Leadership Award for outstanding community service. He is an active member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), Michigan State Medical Society, and Wayne County Medical Society.

He and his wife, Tina, live in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

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