We started off the new year grateful for the generosity and support of our Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Board of Visitors (BOV), alumni, and friends.
We welcomed our students to the start of a new semester with a popcorn social, and the spring semester commenced with a 13 percent increase in enrolled students with most of the increase happening in our online option within the graduate program. We are thrilled to be receiving so many referrals and expressions of interest in our education.
Additionally, we heard the terrific news about Maureen and Jim Hackett’s transformative gift to create a Houston area mental health center.
I joined Patrick Rooney, executive associate dean for academic programs, in a meeting with Michael Twyman, adjunct faculty member, to discuss diversity across the curriculum and his experience teaching courses on social justice to our students. We also hosted our second finalist for the Stead Family Chair in International Philanthropy who joined us on a very icy day having flown all the way from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Additionally, we concluded our deliberations on the Melvin Simon Chair search.
We very happily hosted our good colleagues from the Giving USA Foundation to review the past year and to prepare for the next issue of Giving USA, the indispensable annual review of financial giving in our country. Our second 30th Anniversary Speaker, Larry Kramer, president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, met with faculty and students as well as a group of environmental funders who were convened by BOV member Stephanie Lawson. Larry’s talk on polarization in our country was a masterful diagnosis rooted in serious scholarship, informing a long term philanthropic strategy that the foundation calls the Madison Initiative.
Furthermore, I had the privilege of hosting four excellent candidates for the deanship of the IU School of Social Work, which has been a terrific eye-opening process that I hope leads to more collaboration with our outstanding colleagues in social work. We also visited with colleagues at the J.P. Morgan office in Indianapolis to discuss possible collaboration, and we welcomed Carol Adelman, visiting research professor, to continue our work on the Indices of Global Philanthropy.