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August 26, 1999
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Leaders In Residence Program Brings in the Cream of the Crop

Four outstanding community leaders have agreed to participate in Indiana University Northwest the new Leaders in Residence Program. Sponsored by the campus’s Institute for Innovative Leadership, the program and leaders in residence will be introduced August 30 at 11 a.m. in the campus Library Conference Center.

“These are nationally acclaimed individuals who have accomplished so much in their careers and will serve as great resources for the university,” says Keith Kirkpatrick, director of the Institute of Innovative Leadership. 

George D. Lundberg, MD, national speaker and former editor-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association, as well as other AMA journals for 17 years, will be one of the four leaders in residence at the program’s kickoff on Monday. Dr. Lundberg has worked in tropical medicine in Central America, and forensic medicine in New York, Sweden and England. He served as professor of pathology and associate director of laboratories at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, and as professor and chair of pathology at the University of California-Davis. He is also the past president of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Currently, Lundberg is editor-in-chief of Medscape, the world’s leading Internet site for health and medical information.

Joining Lundberg on the platform will be Philip J. Rutledge, professor emeritus of public and environmental affairs and political science at Indiana University, and former director of the Division of Public and Environmental Affairs at the Northwest campus.On a national level, Rutledge has served as executive director of the President’s Committee on Manpower, deputy manpower administrator at the US Department of Labor, and as deputy administrator of the social and rehabilitation service at the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He has also led several US delegations to the International Congress of Administrative Services, and has lectured and consulted widely in public administration and policy in the U.S., Africa, Europe, and Central America. His local and academic activities are numerous as well. 

The third participant in the Leaders In Residence Program is Stephen G. Thrash, entrepreneur and small business owner, who recently retired as vice president of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and as executive director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. As chief officer of the Indiana SBDC, Thrash instituted a unique private/public business assistance network that achieved national recognition as a statewide network of 14 regional offices, 60 employees and a budget of $5million, training over 12,000 customers annually. During his tenure at SBDC, Thrash developed electronic information systems that included interactive voice response fax-on-demand and website business information services, responding to over 42,000 customer inquiries each year. Thrash also served as consultant to several states and two Washington DC-based national associations assessing business growth and development strategies. He is also very active in the community.

Donald “Chip” Lesch, prominent business leader, successful entrepreneur, philanthropist and community activist, will also share his expertise at the university. As former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Pinnacle Bank, Lesch received Indiana’s highest honor, The Sagamore on the Wabash, award for “going above and beyond the call of duty” in serving the community. At the age of 24, Lesch became vice president of the First National Bank in Chicago. He later worked for the Bank of Indiana before founding Gough and Lesch Development Corporation, a contractor, project manager and developer in the Chicago/Northwest Indiana area. He is also a member of numerous boards and civic organizations.

The new leaders in residence will be available for 90-days to speak in classes, meet with faculty, discuss projects, review ideas and share resources. More information on the program is with the Institute for Innovative Leadership at 219-981-5632.

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