Through membership on the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA)'s advisory board, alumni, business and community leaders help to maintain the academic excellence of the program and enhance its impact on our surrounding communities. The SPEA Advisory Board is dedicated to the promotion of Indiana University Kokomo, SPEA, and its respective programs. The board focuses on participation by practitioners, alumni, and students, and accomplishes its objectives through diligent program planning, curriculum assessment, and development support.
Composition: The advisory board comprises members of public administration, policy analysis and criminal justice practitioners, political leaders, business entrepreneurs, community leaders, current students, and alumni with a commitment to the SPEA program. The SPEA campus dean appoints new members, with recommendations from the advisory board.
Responsibilities of members:
- Advise the SPEA campus dean on how the school, through its outreach and academic programs, may contribute to its constituent communities.
- Participate significantly in SPEA's fundraising activities. Such assistance may include participating on committees, identifying and cultivating individuals, corporations or foundations, soliciting major gifts, or securing special underwriting or in-kind support for departmental students and programs.
- Contribute a significant gift to the SPEA program annually, according to ability.
- Serve as an ambassador for the SPEA program to the larger community, including stewardship in the program's relationships with its friends, developing new friends for the program, and encouraging friends to become involved in the Indiana University Kokomo and SPEA events.
- Attend meetings of the Advisory Board (general council meetings, plus committee meetings as necessary).
- Assist in the recruiting of new members for the advisory council.
- Encourage friends, family, and local students to consider Indiana University Kokomo as a school of first choice.
Current Advisory Board Members
- Mr. Michael Bakehorn, President, American Stationery Company, Peru, IN
- Mr. Alan W. Biggs, CEO, Logansport Memorial Hospital
- Ms. Ruth Ellen Bland, Logansport Clerk-Treasurer
- Ms. Brianne Boruff, Bona Vista Programs
- Mr. Paul N. Brock, CEO & Superintendent, Logansport State Hospital
- Mr. Theodore Brown, CEO, Howard Regional Health System
- Mr. Andy Cook, Mayor, City of Westfield
- Ms. Debra Cook, Department of Development, City of Kokomo
- Mr. Thomas Cook, CFO, Howard Regional Health Systems
- Mr. Dan Delph, Mayor, City of Tipton
- Mr. John Ditslear, Mayor, City of Noblesville
- Mr. Michael Fincher, Mayor, City of Logansport
- Ms. Elizabeth Foreman
- Mr. Brandon Garber, Probation Officer, Miami Correctional Facility
- Mr. Greg Goodnight, Mayor, City of Kokomo
- Mr. Randy Hainlen, Attorney at Law
- Mr. Monty Henderson, Tipton County Commissioner, and President, M&K Henderson Family Farm, Inc.
- Mr. Jerome Horn, Administrator, Caring Hands Health and Rehab
- Mr. Alex Huskey
- Mr. Skip Kuker, Logansport-Cass County Economic Development Foundation
- Dr. Robert Lee, Senior Pastor, Second Baptist Church, Kokomo
- Mr. Steve Owens, Nonprofit Organization Consultant
- Mr. Michael R. Peters, Delphi Electronics
- Mr. Darren Reese, Director of Development, City of Marion
- Ms. Annette Russell, President & CEO, Security Federal Savings Bank
- Mr. Wayne Seybold, Mayor, City of Marion
- Mr. Marty Talbert, Sheriff, Howard County
- Mr. James Tidd, Executive Director, Miami County Economic Redevelopment Auth.
- Ms. Bethy Tilley, First Farmers Bank
- Captain Gordon Tocco, Tipton Police Department
- Mr. Jim Walker, Mayor, City of Peru
- Ms. Janie M. Young, 3rd District, City of Kokomo