leadership, site for Peace House
Former Indiana First Lady Judy O'Bannon joins Plowshares
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 14, 2004) - The presidents of
Manchester College and two other Indiana colleges have selected the
management team for their Plowshares Peace House initiative in
Indianapolis - including a role for Indiana's former first lady, Judy
Judy O'Bannon, widow of Gov. Frank O'Bannon, will
serve as part-time director of external affairs for the Peace House
residential peace studies program in Indianapolis. Administrative
offices will be housed in Old Centrum, located at Central Avenue United
Methodist Church, where O'Bannon is a member.
In its second year,
Plowshares is a
collaboration of the three colleges - Manchester, Earlham and Goshen -
to promote peace and justice studies and related programs across the
country, with emphasis on Indiana. It is funded by a $13.8 million
Lilly Endowment Inc. grant.
Peace House is a major focus of Plowshares. It
will house undergraduates from the three sponsoring institutions and
other colleges and universities. Officials are seeking a residence for
the Peace House students, but the first Indianapolis semester is
expected to begin in fall 2004.
"We welcome Judy O'Bannon to the Plowshares
program," said Manchester College President Parker G. Marden. "Her
career as a public servant in support of concerns in Indiana for
community, peace and social justice is legendary and bipartisan. Our
students will greatly benefit from her talents and experience."
Executive director of Peace House is Erwin
Boschmann, vice chancellor and professor of chemistry at Indiana
University-East campus in Richmond. Ruth Hill of Northern Ireland is
associate director. Hill most recently was at The Carter Center in
Atlanta, where she was an assistant in conflict resolution in human
"We are very fortunate that a person with Dr.
Boschmann's leadership skills will assume responsibility for our
Plowshares and Peace House efforts," said Earlham College President
Douglas C. Bennett. "He has directed many significant Indiana
University programs on the Richmond and Indianapolis campuses, which
equip him well for his new Peace House duties."
The 36-year higher education veteran has served in
the IU system since 1968 and for a year was a project director for the
Ford Foundation. He is a graduate of Bethel College in Kansas, with a
master's degree and doctorate from University of Colorado.
Goshen College President Shirley H. Showalter said
several community leaders from Central Indiana will join the Peace House
board of directors, which will include the three college presidents,
Boschmann and O'Bannon. Other directors:
- Jan Clark, vice-president for leadership
development and human resources at the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis
- The Rev. Richard E. Hamilton, retired senior
minister of North United Methodist Church, Indianapolis
- Alicia S. Roberts, graduate student at Indiana
University Center on Philanthropy
- Sayyid M. Sayeed, secretary general of The
Islamic Society of North America, headquartered in Plainfield, Ind.
- Joanne R. Warner, associate dean for graduate
programs at the Indiana University School of Nursing
- Dr. Martha Yoder, an Indianapolis physician
"We are indeed fortunate that such an impressive
group of community leaders has agreed to serve on our Peace House board
and give direction to its important programming," Showalter said.