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ICI President Richard Ludwick Named President at University of St. Thomas in Houston

Tuesday, December 13, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ann Gilly
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ICI President Richard Ludwick Named President at University of St. Thomas in Houston


INDIANAPOLIS, December 13, 2016 – Richard L. Ludwick, JD, DEd, has announced his intention to step down in June 2017 as president of the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) to become the ninth president of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, effective July 1, 2017.


The nation’s oldest state association of private colleges, ICI serves as the collective voice for Indiana’s 31 private, non-profit colleges and universities and their 100,000 students. Since 2010, Ludwick has led ICI to success through a time of mounting challenges for higher education. “By any objective measure, we are stronger because of Richard’s leadership,” said ICI board of directors’ chair, Dr. Bill Katip. “During his seven-year tenure, Indiana’s private colleges have experienced growth in enrollment, student aid, collaboration among our membership, and recognition by policymakers and the public of our educational and financial value to the state.”   


Ludwick has also been active at the regional and national levels of higher education. He is currently in his second term as a commissioner for the Midwest Higher Education Compact, an appointed position by the Governor of Indiana, and serves as board chair of the Coalition for College Cost Savings, a nation-wide coalition serving over 1,000 private, non-profit colleges.


“Our time back home in Indiana has been wonderful for my family and me,” Ludwick said. “I have been privileged to work with 31 private colleges and their presidents who rank among the best in the country.  I feel confident that ICI will continue to evolve and innovate as one of the nation’s leading associations.  Although I have loved my time at ICI, I feel called to serve students at the campus level of a great Catholic institution like the University of St. Thomas.”


Located adjacent to Houston’s Museum District, the University of St. Thomas was founded in 1947 by the Basilian Fathers and remains Houston’s first and only Catholic university.  It enrolls more than 3,300 undergraduate and graduate students and recently became a member of the Texas Medical Center.  At UST, Ludwick will succeed Robert Ivany, a retired Army Major General, who has served 12 years as UST president after a career including leading the U.S. Army War College and serving as Army Aide to President Ronald Reagan.


Prior to joining ICI, Ludwick’s experience in higher education included positions at Saint Gregory’s University in Oklahoma as provost, Albany Law School in New York as vice president for enrollment and student affairs, University of Florida College of Law, and University of Oregon School of Law.  Earlier in his career, he co-founded a law firm in Indiana, Ludwick & LaRue, P.C., which focused on corporate, sports, and higher education law.


A native Hoosier, Ludwick holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Evansville (Indiana), a Master of Arts in higher education administration from Teachers College of Columbia University (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 (Eugene). 


Active in parish and civic life, he is a member of the Knights of Columbus (4th degree), serves on the Fellowship Commission of his Indianapolis parish home St. John the Evangelist, and has taught CCD.  He has enjoyed a variety of roles in service to his community, including youth basketball coach, congressional campaign worker, and public library board member.


Dr. Ludwick and his wife, Melynda, are the parents of two grown children, Richard III and Christianne. Christianne and her husband, Michael Fenzl, have given the Ludwicks two grandchildren, Gabriel (3) and Pia (9 months). 


The ICI Board of Directors will launch the search for Ludwick’s successor after the first of the year.