Eight years ago, Indiana University of Pennsylvania alumnus William Madia did the first fundraiser for what would become his alma mater’s Imagine Unlimited campaign, one that now has reached $64 million, or 85 percent of a $75 million goal.
On Thursday, Madia, of IUP’s class of 1969, and his wife, Audrey, a 1970 IUP graduate, were honored by the university’s Council of Trustees, which passed a resolution naming the IUP Chemistry Department after the couple.
It was one of three resolutions approved by the trustees, two of which honored longtime supporters of IUP.
Another resolution named the administrative office in the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts for Harold and Elizabeth Wingard, while a third honored Derek “D.J.” Horton for achieving All-America status six times with the pole vault.
The trustees noted how William and Audrey Madia “have a deep and abiding respect for the power of education, particularly in the sciences and social sciences.” They noted in particular how the couple were honored by IUP’s alumni association as volunteers of the year in 2012, and how William Madia was honored as a distinguished alumnus in 1988.
In April 2018 the Madias were among those honored at a dinner in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex where Thursday’s trustees’ meeting was held.
“IUP is poised for greatness,” William Madia said at that event, where the goal of Imagine Unlimited was expanded from $40 million to $75 million.
“The Madias have given immeasurably in time, talent and treasure, enabling the university to provide life-changing opportunities for students for generations to come,” according to the resolution read at Thursday’s meeting by Trustee Timothy Cejka, himself a major contributor to Imagine Unlimited.
In his remarks to the board Thursday, IUP President Dr. Michael A. Driscoll expressed the hope of “university success that includes aligning expenses with revenue … but also capitalizing on the momentum of the Imagine Unlimited campaign and forging more philanthropic partnerships.”
From 1986 to 1999, Dr. Harold Wingard was dean in IUP’s College of Health and Human Services. The trustees observed that he also “was instrumental in the vision, concept and creation of the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts.”
They noted the involvement of both Harold and Elizabeth Wingard, with Mrs. Wingard serving as a volunteer in the Women’s Club of IUP and the Indiana County Back to School Bash.
Dr. Wingard is a member of the College of Health and Human Services and Punxsutawney Regional Advancement Councils, and a volunteer on the Citizens’ Ambulance Service board, the United Way of Indiana County and the Indiana County Leader’s Circle.
All five honorees were in the meeting room at the KCAC to receive their resolutions. Horton was joined by Assistant Track and Field Coach Kurt Duncan as well as IUP’s new athletic director, Todd Garzarelli.
Other actions also were taken by the trustees. Chairman Sam Smith reappointed as committee chairs David Osikowicz (administration and finance), Mark A. Holman (academic affairs), James C. Miller (university advancement) and Joyce Fairman (enrollment management). Smith appointed new student trustee Abigaelle Vertil as Student Affairs Committee chair.
Reappointed to the council’s Audit Committee were Fairman as chair, along with Miller and trustee Laurie Kuzneski.
Named as liaisons from the council to the board of the Foundation for IUP were Miller, Vertil and trustee Susan Delaney.
The council also approved an order of succession as required by the PASSHE Board of Governors. In line behind the president would be the provost (Dr. Timothy S. Moerland), then the vice presidents for administration and finance (Susanna C. Sink, interim vice president) and Student Affairs (Dr. Thomas Seger).
Council also approved holding its next meeting on Dec. 12.