Here is some news about a couple of people in the IWU universe who have achieved some fairly high leadership positions in the state of Indiana.

IWU Alum Becomes First Black Indiana Guard General

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Col. Wayne Black (Photo courtesy Indiana National Guard)

The Indiana National Guard has announced that IWU alumnus Wayne Black will become the first black general in the guard’s history, according to the Army Times.

Black, who has an MBA from IWU, has served in the Indiana National Guard since 1996. He graduated from the Military College of South Carolina (known as The Citadel) and has served with the Guard in Afghanistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In his current rank and position, Colonel Black is the construction and facilities management officer at Indiana National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Indianapolis, according to Blackanthem Military News.

In civilian life, he is employed at RR Donnelley in Crawfordsville, Indiana as a manufacturing supervisor.

“Col. Black is a proven leader. I have absolute trust and confidence that he will serve in this capacity with honor and distinction,” said Major General R. Martin Umbarger, Adjutant General of Indiana, in an article in the Crawfordsville Journal Review.

Black has also been active in the Indiana community. In 2007, he was the keynote speaker at a Memorial Day ceremony at Crawfordsville’s Oak Hill Cemetery.

“As a veteran of the Desert Storm/Desert Shield war and a current member of the Indiana Army National Guard, I can truly say, in the words of Lee Greenwood, that I am proud to be an American,” he said at the ceremony, as quoted in the Journal Review. “Like many military service members before me, I am honored to represent and serve this great country of ours. I hold high the values and ideas of this nation and I am more than willing to protect and defend it.”

IWU’s Brad Oliver Joins Board of Education

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Dr. Brad Oliver

The Office of the Governor of Indiana announced today that Dr. Brad Oliver, Associate Dean of IWU’s School of Educational Leadership, has been appointed by Governor Mike Pence to the  State Board of Education for the Sixth Congressional District.

Oliver has been an elementary teacher in Noblesville Community Schools; an elementary principal and assistant superintendent in the Twin Lakes School Corporation; and a central office director in the Muncie Community Schools.

Dr. Oliver also has served on Indiana’s Title I Committee of Practitioners. He has been an accreditation chairperson for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

In 2010, Governor Mitch Daniels appointed Oliver to the Indiana Professional Standards Advisory Board.

Oliver has a B.A. degree from Marshall University, and an M.A., an Ed.S. and an Ed.D. from Ball State University.

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