BART PETERSON (BA, Political Science),
senior vice president of corporate affairs and
communications, left Eli Lilly and Company on
March 31, 2017, to pursue personal business
interests and expand his community volunteer
ANGIE KLINK (BA, Brian Lamb School of
Communication) was elected to serve a three-year term on the board of the National Women’s
History Project, which provides multicultural
women’s history information, resources, and
products designed to expand the understanding
of women’s historical contributions to the United
States. She was editorial advisor for First Woman:
Celebrating the Historic Presidential Campaign of
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Other First Women in
Government, published by the National Women’s
JOHN GAUDER III (BA, Brian Lamb School
of Communication) has been appointed by
Comcast as regional vice president for California.
He oversees all Comcast cable operations in
California, where the company serves more
than 2 million customers and has more than
ROBERT MARTIN (BA, Brian Lamb School
of Communication) was named director of
communications at Kids Place. In this role, he is
responsible for the planning, development, and
execution of external communication strategies
in support of the national organization’s mission
JEFFREY C. MCDERMOTT (BA, Political Science
and Government) was recently named president
and CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts in
Carmel, Indiana, and the affiliated Great American
LORI K. SCHROEDER (BA, English) has accepted
the position of provost and dean of the college at
Franklin College in Indiana. Schroeder was most
recently associate dean at Knox College.
KEN ARMSTRONG (BA, Political Science) was a
2017 inductee of the Indiana Journalism Hall of
Fame. Established in 1966, the Indiana Journalism
Hall of Fame honors media professionals with
Indiana ties. Ken will join ProPublica as a senior
reporter following his work with the Marshall
Project, where he won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for
Explanatory Reporting for his collaboration with
ProPublica’s T. Christian Miller.
ROBERT SCHULTZ (BA, Brian Lamb School
of Communication) was elected to the Public
Relations Society of America’s College of Fellows.
He is the senior vice president of marketing
communications and events for Downtown Indy, Inc.
EARL J. HESS (PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies)
published Braxton Bragg: The Most Hated
Man of the Confederacy (University of North
Carolina Press), a biography in which he offers
a more balanced account of Braxton Bragg by
analyzing Bragg’s campaigns and battles as well
as testimony and opinions from members of the
SAMUEL ADU-MIREKU (MS, Sociology; PhD ’92
Sociology) was named the dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences at Fayetteville State University.
He assumes responsibility for FSU’s largest
academic unit, which offers 30 degree programs
and employs 180 faculty members.
CHRISTIE GILLESPIE (BA, Political Science) was
selected as president and chief executive officer of
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.
PATRICK MCLAUGHLIN (BA, Brian Lamb School
of Communication; MA ’91, Organizational
Communication) was named a 2017 Distinguished
Alumnus by Purdue Liberal Arts. He is the senior
vice president and chief human resources officer
for Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
KIMRA SCHLEICHER (BA 1988, Sociology)
is the Queen of Fantasy Football. She earned
that title in 2016 when she became the first
female Fantasy Football World Champion.
Schleicher’s team, named Le’Veon a Prayer,
definitely showed signs of winning; she
had already recorded the highest number
of points in her league during the regular
season and ranked seventh in the world.
Her history-making moment came during a
Monday Night Football game between the
Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions with
a catch made by Golden Tate. Schleicher
received a $150,000 grand prize, an all-expense-paid trip to the Super Bowl, and the
title of Fantasy Football World Champion.
With her title, she hopes to encourage other
women to realize that they can do this, too.
Schleicher may have a hobby that led her
to some big winnings, but outside the
fantasy football realm, she currently serves
as vice president of operations and human
resources at AJS, Inc. She and her family
own and operate 26 KFC restaurants. She
received her law degree from Western
Michigan University Cooley Law School. She
also sits on the Board of Trustees for Ivy Tech
Photo provided by Kimra Schleicher.