Hodges University Announces Fourth Finalist for Position of President
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.
Ludwick will be on the Hodges campuses on Friday, Feb. 12. Two special events
for community and alumni have been scheduled:
Friday, Feb. 12
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Stock Building – John White Community Room
Light breakfast will be served.
Forum, no RSVP
Fort Myers Campus
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. H Building -- Kleist Community Room (364)
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.