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David Wright named interim director of residential life

October 24, 2012

Indiana State University officials have tapped veteran campus administrator David Wright to serve as interim director of residential life, a position that involves oversight of student housing and related functions.

Wright has served the university in a variety of administrative positions since 1979, most recently as director of student academic services. He holds two degrees from Indiana State and served as a resident assistant, assistant director and residence hall director while a student. His previous administrative roles have included assistant to the vice president for student affairs, interim director and associate director of public safety, director of student judicial programs and assistant dean of student life.

"David's leadership with residential life, as we continue to enhance the unit's contribution to student success, will no doubt be valuable," said Joshua Powers, interim associate vice president for student success, in announcing Wright's appointment.

Wright succeeds Rex Kendall, who stepped down as director of residential life to serve as director of the Alumni Association for the ISU Foundation. His appointment is effective immediately and will continue until June 30, 2013. The university will conduct a national search for a permanent director, Powers said.

"I've been pleased to work with the staff in the Student Academic Services Center and am excited about the role they will play in making Indiana State's new University College a success," Wright said. "I'm also excited to return to work with my colleagues in residential life and be part of the great work they do in serving students."

In addition to his administrative positions, Wright has served Indiana State in numerous other roles including chair of the public safety committee, chair of a task force that developed a new code of student conduct, chair of a steering committee for NCAA certification and membership on a task force that developed a new academic integrity policy, which led to a role as one of several academic integrity coordinators.

Wright completed a bachelor's degree in history from Indiana State in 1973 and a master's degree in criminology in 1977. He also holds a certificate of paralegal studies from the University of Southern Indiana.

Contact: Joshua Powers, interim associate vice president for student success, 812-237-8378 or

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or