The predominantly Black college—under the leadership of a president hired less than two years ago—is making moves to expand its enrollment, its reach among Black adults and its presence in the community.
After conducting a national search, the black liberal arts college on Indianapolis’ east side has hired a diversity and inclusion officer at UIndy to replace outgoing leader Eugene White.
White, a former superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, was hired in 2013 to put the university on surer footing. The black liberal arts college on the city’s east side had seen a string of presidents come and go since the retirement of its co-founder in 2007.
The Higher Learning Commission said in a decision released this week that Martin University in Indianapolis “remains in a financially precarious position.” The university was put on probation in February 2014.
Only 2.6 percent of Martin University's full-time students graduated within four years and its six-year completion rate of 14.3 percent "was also extremely low," the North Central Association's Higher Learning Commission said.
Eugene White will assume the post of interim president after the departure of George Miller, who left just 18 months after accepting the top job.
Algeania Freeman will retire Dec. 31 after three years at the school, officials said late Monday morning. Former NCAA executive Charlotte Westerhaus will serve as acting president while the predominantly black university conducts a nationwide search for a new leader.
The federal space agency opened an academy for science, engineering, mathematics and aeronautics at the small private college.
The Indianapolis-based university is home to one of 15 of the NASA academies and the first in Indiana.
Martin University students upset over the firing of a popular professor are staging protests over the direction the school has taken under new President Algeania Freeman. Freeman in January replaced the Rev. Boniface Hardin, a Benedictine monk who founded the inner-city school 30 years ago. She since has roiled many faculty members and students by letting go employees-many times without reason, they contend-as part of a strategy to cut costs. IBJ reported their concerns in July. But the Oct. 20…
In less than four months, new Martin University President Algeania Freeman said, she hit her two main objectives for the state’s
only predominantly black university: cut costs and increase fund raising. But her whirlwind of activity
has not come without controversy.
In an 80-grit patch of the city fluent in poverty and despair, the Rev. Father Boniface Hardin lectures a visitor on how businesspeople need to learn the language and culture of countries where they operate. If not out of deference, then do it for practical reasons, he says, painting a picture of foreign business partners who “bow their heads and say, ‘This guy is one big sucker and we can rip him off,’ in their language.” What at first sounds…