(July 29, 2005) -- Governor Mitch Daniels and Superintendent of Public
Instruction Dr. Suellen Reed today announced their appointments to the Indiana
Twenty-eight people have been named to the Roundtable,
including 24 joint appointments by Daniels and Reed and four legislative
appointments. The Roundtable was created six years ago.
“Suellen and I are grateful these individuals are
willing to serve,” said Daniels. “We want to build on the solid
foundation laid by the Roundtable in prior years. This group should be a place to lift up
best practices by those working in the field, from the classroom to resource
management. We hope to think
together about how best to provide our youth with the education they need for
life, work and citizenship.”
Roundtable has been an important forum for consideration of P-16 policy
decisions affecting what our students need to learn to be prepared for further
learning, life and work in the 21st Century,” said Dr. Reed.
“The Governor and I are ready to extend its work from the standards,
assessments and accountability into a new phase, focused on the challenges remaining
before us, such as of dropouts and graduation rates, the redesign of our high
schools, allocation of available resources and other similar matters of urgency
Senate President Pro Tempore Robert Garton and Speaker of
the House Brian Bosma appointed the following legislators to the Roundtable:
Teresa Lubbers, chair of the Senate
Earline Rogers, ranking minority member
of the Senate Education Committee
Robert Behning, chair of the House
Greg Porter, ranking minority member of
the House Education Committee
Below are appointments by the
governor and the superintendent of public instruction.
Vince Bertram, principal of Lafayette Jefferson High School
Judy Briganti, president of the Indiana
State Teachers Association
Dr. Carol D’Amico, executive vice
president of Ivy Tech Community College
Stephen Gabet, history and government
teacher at Leo Junior/Senior High School
Dr. Jo Ann Gora, president of Ball State
Victor Lechtenberg, vice provost for
engagement at Purdue
Robert Marra, associate superintendent,
exceptional learners, Indiana Department of Education
Dr. Russell Nichols, president of Hanover College
Patrick O’Rourke, president of
Hammond Federation of Teachers
Wendy Robinson, superintendent of Ft.
Wayne Community Schools
Thomas Thornton, business manager of the
Vigo County School Corporation
Darren Washington, president of the Gary
Community School Corporation School Board
Representing business and community:
Kevin Brinegar, president of the Indiana
Chamber of Commerce
Kevin Burke, mayor of Terre Haute
Christel DeHaan, chair, Christel DeHaan
Steven Dwyer, chief operating officer of
Rolls Royce USA
Tiffany Olson, president and chief executive officer, Roche Diagnostics Corp.
Bishop Gerald Gettelfinger, bishop of the
Diocese of Evansville
Thomas Hefner, retired chief financial
officer of Duke Realty, Inc.
Donald Henderson, president of the
Pendleton Town Council
Patrick Kiely, President of the Indiana Manufacturers
Ben Ramsey, executive director of the
Indiana State Building & Construction Trades
William Stanzcykiewicz, president and
chief executive officer of the Indiana Youth Institute
Ronald Stiver, commissioner of the
Indiana Department of Workforce Development
Individuals appointed to the Roundtable are from throughout Indiana, including Elkhart,
Leo, Muncie, Pendleton, Terre
Haute and Westfield.
Dr. Reed said the work of the Roundtable would extend beyond
its formal meetings.
“We already have many active items, from the
legislature’s instruction to focus on dropouts and the parallel effort on
redesigning our high schools, to the need to be as efficient and effective as
possible with taxpayer dollars. We
will continue to use work groups on these and other matters to support the
meeting activity of the Roundtable itself,” said Dr. Reed.
The next meeting of the Roundtable will be held in September.