Richard Ludwick, Evansville ’83, fills his days serving the 31 private colleges and universities in Indiana. His organization, the Independent Colleges of Indiana, provides a voice for choice and excellence in higher education. In his role, Ludwick identifies ways to maintain the highest academic experience for his member organizations through public policy and collaborative innovation.

While an undergraduate member of his chapter, Ludwick learned the importance of working with others. “Never be afraid to start a conversation and learn someone’s perspective,” he recounted. “Working with individuals of varying viewpoints is one of the hallmarks of a successful chapter.”

The lessons Ludwick learned at Evansville continue to help him construct coalitions in his professional career. Recently, he was able to develop a program for his members to streamline how they manage human resources. This required the ability to perceive each institution’s individual needs, concerns and perspectives while steering them all towards a common goal.

The lessons Ludwick learned at Evansville and at the Independent Colleges of Indiana will serve him well in an exciting new role: This July, Ludwick will move to Houston, Texas, to begin service as the ninth president of the University of St. Thomas, a private Catholic liberal arts institution with more than 3,300 students.