Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University, has accepted an invitation to join the 13-member board of directors of the Madison County Community Foundation. Edwards’ three-year term begins Aug. 1, 2003. “The close relationship between Anderson University (AU) and the Foundation dates back to our launch 10 years ago,” noted Leslie White, executive director, in announcing the appointment. “Bob Nicholson, former AU president, was part of the leadership team that helped organize the Foundation in 1991 and guide it through incorporation. Dr. Nicholson served as our first president and only recently retired from the board.”
The local university currently is a key partner in Young Readers for Success, a multi-year initiative based at the Foundation and supported by a $4.8 million grant from Lilly Endowment’s CAPE initiative (Community Alliances to Promote Education). AU administers the grant on behalf of the Endowment, and Edwards serves on the committee that oversees the CAPE Young Readers for Success program.
In addition to his responsibilities as AU president—a position he assumed in July of 1990—Edwards is actively involved in the local community as well as in higher-education circles. His leadership roles have included membership on the boards of directors of Saint John’s Healthcare System, Citizens Banking Company and the United Way of Madison County as well as the Indiana Council for Higher Education. He is a graduate of Anderson University, the Anderson University School of Theology and holds a Ph.D. degree from the Ohio State University.
The Madison County Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Madison County by attracting charitable gifts, making philanthropic grants, providing responsible financial stewardship and community leadership.