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University honors late President Richard Landini

August 30, 2011


Indiana State University has recognized one of its longest serving presidents by naming the Center for Performing and Fine Arts in honor of Richard Landini.

The ISU Board of Trustees approved the name change Tuesday. Landini, Indiana State's eighth president, served from 1975 to 1992 - the third longest tenure in the university's more than 140-year history.Remembered for his booming baritone and as a vocal and energetic supporter of the university, Landini's legacy is still evident throughout the Indiana State campus, said current ISU President Dan Bradley.

"During his tenure, the general education curriculum was enhanced, admissions standards were raised and redefined, and several national honor societies were chartered. More than 20 new undergraduate and as many graduate programs were created, including a master's in public administration, a master's in nursing and a doctorate in psychology," Bradley said. "A $55 million master plan was also developed, resulting in the construction of numerous campus facilities and the transformation of an urban campus into a beautifully-landscaped, pedestrian friendly environment."


Landini also created Donaghy Day, a campus-wide clean-up and beautification day, and Sycamore athletic teams achieved significant success during his presidency, Bradley noted. The 1979 men's basketball team, led by Larry Bird, was runner-up in the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament and the men's gymnastics team, led by Kurt Thomas, won the NCAA National Championship.

"Dr. Landini retired as president in 1992 but continued teaching until his death in 2004," Bradley said. "It is fitting and proper that the university recognize him via the Richard G. Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts, a landmark building that exists today because of the campus master plan he championed."

Mike Alley, Board President stated, "Dr. Landini's impact on ISU has been dramatic and his vision continues to be felt today. It is appropriate to commemorate Dr. Landini's legacy in this fashion, as one of our longest serving presidents."

In other action, after honoring the university's eighth president, trustees approved a new five-year contract with Bradley, Indiana State's 11th president. The contract, which runs through June 30, 2016, replaces one that had been in place since Bradley became president in 2008.

"We have been pleased by the manner in which President Bradley has addressed the challenges of recent years. He has clearly moved this institution forward," Alley said.

The new contract does not provide an immediate increase in base pay. Instead, it calls for Bradley's base salary to be increased consistent with future general salary adjustments for all other university employees and encourages him to remain in his position for the five year term of this contract.

Trustees also authorized an agreement with Thompson-Thrift Development to provide pre-development and planning services for off-campus housing in downtown Terre Haute and to negotiate master lease terms, subject to final approval by the board and state officials.

"The university's Strategic Plan calls for the development of student housing downtown to create a positive impact on the retail environment and offer more market friendly options to upper level students," Bradley said.

Any proposed project would include retail space on the first level to be managed by the developer or other third party with upper floors containing student housing to be operated and managed by the university.

Indiana State officials announced last spring a request for qualifications to identify developers with an interest in off-campus housing. University officials recommended Thompson-Thrift from among five firms that submitted qualifications.

Also on Tuesday, ISU trustees:• Heard Alley challenge the university to limit health care cost increases to 5 percent per year and work to increase the employee share of health care expenses from the current 25 percent of total costs to 33 percent during the next three to five years • Approved a new fee schedule for the ISU Child Care Center that reflects increases of $10 per week• Approved a non-refundable $500 seat fee to guarantee admitted students space in a high demand master's degree program in physician assistant studies and to cover non-equipment costs in the program• Modified faculty appointment policies to provide consistent terminology for tenured and tenure track faculty, instructors and lecturers• Modified staff benefits programs to include disability insurance, spouse/partner and dependent child tuition waivers, and retirement fund eligibility for instructors teaching 15 or equivalent hours per semester on a two- to five-year contract• Approved a policy to award emeriti status to tenured faculty members with at least 15 years of service prior to retirement, 10 years of service if nominated by a department chair, and in exceptional cases to those with fewer than 10 years of service if approved by the appropriate dean and college governing body• Approved the sale of property at 823-827 N. Fifth St. to the SAE (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) Financial and Housing Corp.


Photos: - Indiana State University trustees on Tuesday, Aug. 30, approved naming the Center for Performing and Fine Arts in honor of former university President Richard G. Landini. - Landini

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