Vice President of Finance & Administration, Butler University
Bruce E. Arick, Vice President for Finance and Administration, has served the University since 1990. His employment with the University includes serving as Vice President for Finance, Controller, Assistant Controller, and Senior Accountant. He previously was employed as Controller at Southern Bells Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Staff Accountant and Audit Senior with Ernst & Young LLP in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Arick is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Indiana CPA Society and National Association of College and University Business Officers. He currently serves on the Provision Ministry Group Board, and the Audit Committee of Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc.. He received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Indiana University. Mr. Arick became a Certified Public Accountant of Indiana in 1991.
Michael B. Cline
Vice President for Physical Facilities, Purdue University-Main Campus
Purdue University Vice President for Physical Facilities Michael B. Cline is responsible for the planning, design, and construction of all university facilities; the operation and maintenance of existing buildings, lands, and infrastructure; utility production and distribution; energy and space management; acquisition and development of real estate; and sustainability. Cline oversees facilities activities for all Purdue University campuses and manages an annual general fund operating budget of over $107 million, a $295 million capital program, and approximately 850 employees on the West Lafayette campus.
Cline has served as the Vice President for Physical Facilities since July 2013. Prioritizing customer care and management accountability, Cline has led the Physical Facilities organization to focus upon delivering quality service at the lowest possible cost. Over the course of his tenure at Purdue, he has played a critical role in envisioning and launching the State Street Redevelopment Project in collaboration with the City of West Lafayette and successfully led Purdue’s capital program. Current major capital projects include the Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Active Learning Center, Hobart and Russell Creighton Hall of Animal Sciences and Land O’Lakes Center for Experiential Learning and the Purina Pavilion, Bechtel Innovation Design Center, Flex Lab Facility, Football Performance Complex, and transformative renovations to multiple College of Engineering facilities.
Prior to working for Purdue, Cline served as the Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), first appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels in June 2010 and reappointed by Governor Mike Pence in January 2013. As Commissioner, he was entrusted with overseeing all aspects of one of the state’s largest agencies and successfully led INDOT’s effort to provide high-quality highway infrastructure as a platform for economic development opportunities across Indiana.
Cline has more than 25 years of management and engineering experience in both the public and private sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, is a registered Professional Engineer in Indiana, and is a board certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer.
James M. Curtin
Principal, Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Jim Curtin, AIA is a Principal at Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), an architecture, planning, and interior design firm with offices in Chicago and San Francisco. He is a nationally recognized expert in the planning and design of campus environments and student housing. As a leader in SCB’s Campus Environments practice, Jim’s designs foster a sense of community, promote a connection to place, and seek to ultimately enhance student success. Throughout his career, Jim has worked on 35+ campuses across the country, designing both P3 and university-led projects that are unique, sustainable, and responsive to their environment.
James M. Danko
President, Butler University
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Owner, MCM Company, Inc.
Melissa Ferchill is the founder and president of MCM Company, Inc of Cleveland, Ohio. MCM, which began in 1992, was originally known for its construction management and design-build capabilities. MCM successfully expanded its services to include project management, program management, and real estate development. The development arm of MCM is nationally recognized for its expertise in historic adaptive reuse for not-for-profit institutions as exemplified by the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music project, the Cleveland Institute of Art renovation, the Nottingham Spirk Design Center adaptation, and the YWCA of Cleveland restoration. Ferchill's career began in 1990 as a project manager for the Acme Arsena Company. Her list of accomplishments includes Key Bank Tower and Progressive Field. Ferchill holds a bachelor of art history from Boston University and her civic and community service projects are lengthy.
Superintendent of Public Safety, Indiana University-Bloomington
Benjamin Hunter is Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Public Safety at Butler University. Hunter joined Butler in 2008 as the Public Safety Director overseeing the University police department, environmental programs, and parking services. In 2012, he was appointed to serve as Chief of Staff to Butler University’s President, James M. Danko, to ensure that the strategic vision is effectively implemented, cultivate state and federal relationships and coordinate the President’s staff and executive team. His perspective on Town-Gown issues is informed by his service as an elected member of the Indianapolis City-County Council from 2008 to 2015 where he served on the Safety and Criminal Justice and Finance and Administrative committees and service with the Indianapolis Police Department (IPD). Hunter graduated from Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and is a Master’s degree candidate in Education and Leadership at Butler.
Director of External Relations, Butler University
A 2002 graduate of Butler University, Michael Kaltenmark oversees Butler's community and government relations, serves as a University spokesperson, and assists with various public and media relations, marketing, and social media initiatives as Director of External Relations. However, Kaltenmark is perhaps best recognized for his role as caretaker of Butler’s live English Bulldog mascots, Butler Blue III ("Trip"), and the late Butler Blue II.
Kaltenmark has been on staff at Butler for more than 14 years, working in both the University Marketing & Communications and University Advancement divisions. In addition, Kaltenmark has worked part-time as public relations and marketing coordinator for various teams in the IndyCar Series since 2005.
A champion of higher education, Kaltenmark is currently in the process of earning his master's degree from Butler in the College of Education's Effective Teaching and Leadership program. He is also a children's book author, publishing Good Boy, Blue!, a story inspired by his time with Butler Blue II, along with illustrator Jingo de la Rosa in 2014.
Kaltenmark enjoys triathlon training and competition. He is also an avid music enthusiast and concert attendee. Kaltenmark and his wife, Tiffany, have two sons, Everett (age 6), and Miles (age 2) and are members of Traders Point Christian Church.
Vice President for Finance and Administration, Earlham College
Sena K. Landey has been the Vice President for Finance and Administration at Earlham College since September 2011. She received a B.A. from Anderson University in 1975 and an M.B.A. in 2005. Previously she was Vice President for Finance and Treasurer at Anderson University and taught accounting as an adjunct instructor. Responsibilities as chief financial officer have included budgeting for operations and capital projects, debt financing of numerous projects, and oversight of facilities, public safety, information technology, human resources, events, investments, and accounting. Committee leadership involvements have included: budget, personnel, strategic planning, audit, investments, risk management, cost reduction, sustainability and diversity.
Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer, Purdue Research Foundation
Rich Michal joined the Purdue Research Foundation in February of 2018 and serves as the Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer. He is responsible for the Foundation’s five research parks, $46 million in residential real estate and the development of the University’s 400-acre Discovery Park District - a $1.2 billion mixed-use comprehensive redevelopment of the west end of Purdue’s West Lafayette campus. Prior to joining PRF Rich was the AVP of Facilities at Butler University, where he was responsible for $300 million of capital projects and oversaw approximately 300 acres of grounds, over 2.1 million square feet of buildings and a staff of 115 employees. Rich has an undergraduate degree from Purdue University’s School of Engineering in construction management engineering, a master’s in business administration in finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, and a bachelor’s and master’s in architecture from the University of Arizona College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Rich is a licensed professional engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional. He has 30 years of professional experience in construction management, utility regulation, consulting, and teaching. Rich serves on the Boards of the Orchard School, the Indiana Construction Roundtable, and is Chair of the North Central Regional of the Society of College and University Planners.
Principal, New Media, RATIO Architects, Inc.
An Indiana native and a principal with RATIO, Brock’s focus has been on design. Guided by the desire to listen to the client’s needs, Brock leads the design process on projects working to achieve collaborative, team-building consensus. Although he has been the project design architect on many different types of projects, his primary focus has been in Higher Education.
Brock’s philosophy on design centers on the idea that architecture should not only create a “sense of place,” but it should also be a catalyst for innovation, community, and a sustainable way of thinking. He believes that each project should have a unique story to tell—an architectural narrative that gives each project meaning that goes beyond simply addressing the functional needs of the client.
In addition to providing leadership throughout the design process, Brock provides firm leadership through various non-project initiatives as well, leading the design and innovation community of practice and the recruitment and retention efforts for the architecture discipline. Serving on a local community board for Irish Fest, Brock realizes the importance of giving back to the community and strives to make an impact beyond the firm as well.
Adam D. Thies
Assistant Vice President, Capital Planning and Facilities, Indiana University-Bloomington
Adam D. Thies, AICP, was appointed assistant vice president for capital planning at Indiana University in August 2015. In this role, Thies advises the vice president for Capital Planning and Facilities on matters of university master planning for all IU campuses, including Indiana University Bloomington, IUPUI, and all of IU’s regional campus locations. Additionally, Thies oversees efforts to utilize university building space in ways consistent with the mission and objectives of the university.
Prior to coming to Indiana University, Thies was director of the Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) for the city of Indianapolis, where he managed a professional staff of 75 city planners, redevelopment officials, transportation planners, and design review/zoning professionals with an annual department budget of $32.3 million. In this role, he served as the executive leader of the city’s Community Development division, Planning and Zoning division, Historic Preservation division, Redevelopment Authority and Brownfields Program. Additionally, he served as the administrative leader of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), authorized all tax abatement compliance, directed the city’s New Markets Tax Credit Program, and served as a cabinet member to the mayor on economic development projects and strategy.
Before working for the city of Indianapolis, Thies was the founder and president of EDEN Collaborative, a boutique real estate, landscape architecture, and city planning consulting firm. While at EDEN, he created the city of Indianapolis and central Indiana’s first transit-oriented development strategic plan to leverage an anticipated $1.2 billion investment in transit in the next 20 years through the Indy Connect transportation initiative. Additionally, he led and managed many of Indiana’s premier planning and design projects, including planning for the 2012 Super Bowl Legacy Neighborhood Project, the redesign of Indianapolis’ Monument Circle, and the creation of a plan for midtown Indianapolis. He was named one of 40 under 40 by the Indianapolis Business Journal in 2009, has been named Ball State University’s Graduate of the Last Decade, and was named Ball State’s College of Architecture and Planning’s Outstanding Alumni in 2013.
Leigh Ann Voulgaris
Speaker Liaison, Society for College and University Planning
Has the best gifs and is a mojito master.
Chief Marketing Officer, American Campus Communities
Jason Wills is the Chief Marketing Officer at American Campus Communities. In his prior role as the SVP of On-Campus Development, Jason was deeply involved in the genesis of the 21st Century Project with the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I), an initiative that helped envision the student housing of the future and outlined the planning principles to transform the industry. Under Jason’s leadership, ACC has combined these principles with their experience and operational expertise, resulting in on-campus developments that fully support and enhance the academic experience of today’s university students. To date, Jason has spearheaded more than 60 ACC developments in more than 20 states, totaling more than 50,000 beds, just shy of 18 million square feet, and valued at more than $3.5 billion in development.
President and Chief Executive Officer, a Pots & Pans Production
Scott Wise is the President & CEO of a Pots & Pans Production, the parent management company for Scotty’s Brewhouse, Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company, Scotty’s Brew Club and Scotty’s Dawghouse. With 15 restaurants in Indiana, 1 in Florida, 1 in Illinois and 2 more being built in Ohio and Plainfield, Indiana, the Brewhouse team has been busy. Company sales over $40M and over 1,800 employees, the P&P family of restaurants continues to grow.
Muncie – Ball State
Bloomington – Indiana University
West Lafayette – Purdue
Mishawaka – Notre Dame
Champaign – University of Illinois
Oxford- Miami of Ohio
Indianapolis - Butler University
Wise’s restaurants represent the physical embodiment of his personality and feature upscale, industrial but warm atmosphere, extraordinary customer service, an array of draft and bottled beer and world-class, homemade American comfort food with a twist. The focus on high-quality food, craft beer, exceptional service, and the exciting sports-minded yet family-friendly atmosphere bridges the gap between generations and blurs typical demographic lines.
Scotty is well known as a community philanthropist, consistently committing his time and effort along with monetary and food donations to causes in every city in which his restaurants reside.