Hodges University Announces Fourth Finalist for Position of President


The Board of Trustees of Hodges University is pleased to announce the fourth finalist for the position of president, Dr. Richard Ludwick, president of the Independent Colleges of Indiana in Indianapolis, Ind.

Dr. Ludwick will be on the Hodges campuses on Friday, Feb. 12. Two special events for community and alumni have been scheduled:

RSVP required (abuitrago@hodges.edu)
Naples Campus
Friday, Feb. 12
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Stock Building – John White Community Room
Light breakfast will be served.

Open Forum, no RSVP
Fort Myers Campus
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. H Building -- Kleist Community Room (364)

Dr. Richard L. Ludwick has served as president and CEO of the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) since 2010. He leads Indiana’s association of 31 private, nonprofit colleges and universities as it fulfills its mission of “excellence and choice in higher education” for a diverse population of more than 100,000 students.

Under Ludwick’s leadership, ICI has increased resources, enhanced brand and expanded impact. ICI is now recognized for its culture of community engagement that focuses on innovative solutions to ensure affordable, world-class education. 

Ludwick served as provost for St. Gregory’s University in Oklahoma before joining ICI. During his tenure there, he led initiatives resulting in the redesign of the curriculum; significant enrollment increase in the College for Working Adults; and a doubling in student applications. 

Before St. Gregory’s, Ludwick’s work focused on student success and enrollment, with emphasis on adult learners. Representative outcomes included: improving student retention rates to more than 90 percent; creating a Diversity Center; achieving a 97 percent employment rate; setting a school record for enrollment; 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 in New York; assistant dean for student and academic affairs at the University of Florida’s Fredric G. Levin College of Law in Gainesville; and dean of students at the University of Oregon School of Law in 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 in 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 in 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 nearly 1,000 private, non-profit colleges and universities; and a member of the Indiana Chamber’s Business Higher Education Policy Committee.

Ludwick is active in civic engagement and church, and enjoys reading, biking and traveling.  He and his wife, Melynda, a pharmacist, have two grown children, a son-in-law and a grandchild.

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