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Manchester, Goshen, Earham colleges

set 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 O'Bannon. 

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 rights

"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. 

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