INDIANAPOLIS – Marian University’s alumni organization—more than 10,000 strong and growing—recently named Barbara Stuckwisch the director of alumni affairs. Stuckwisch is a former assistant state’s attorney (Lee County, Illinois) who most recently served as the executive director of Community Montessori School in Fishers, Indiana. She is also the former national executive director of Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity and Foundation in Indianapolis.
“The university continues to evolve into an important force for good in our communities through the work of its graduates,” said Stuckwisch. “An important part of my role will be helping the alumni organization reposition itself to engage and mobilize university graduates in ways where they can do the most good,” she continued.
President Elsener delivered a speech on July 1 to officially mark the transition from Marian College to Marian University. In those remarks he outlined four ideas about what being a Catholic university means. One of those, Christian witness and leadership, calls on the university’s graduates to use their knowledge, skills, and faith as leaders to help transform society. Stuckwisch will implement plans in the coming months which will clarify the role of alumni in the community, strengthen the connections among alumni groups, and encourage larger leadership roles for alumni in student recruiting, retention, and fundraising with Marian University.
Stuckwisch holds degrees in English and history with a concentration in political science from Culver-Stockton College, and a juris doctor from Northern Illinois University College of Law. She and her family are members of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Noblesville.
About Marian University
Marian University (www.marian.edu) is the only Catholic liberal arts university in central Indiana. It is a private, co-educational school offering classes to both traditional and non-traditional students. Located two miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis, Marian University is a Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts traditions. On July 1, 2009, Marian College became Marian University.