IU School of Nursing names new chair to its board of advisors

The Indiana University School of Nursing has announced that Richard M. Markoff has been named as the chair of the school’s Board of Advisors for a two-year term (2016–18), effective February 1, 2016. The Board acts in a close advocacy and advisory role to the dean of the school. Its membership includes leaders from nursing, other areas of health care, business, and the community.

Markoff recently retired as the president of the Damar Foundation. Damar Services’ board of directors established the foundation to help raise funds to support the work of the nonprofit, which serves children and adults challenged by autism as well as intellectual, developmental, and behavioral disabilities.

A retired Simon Youth Foundation executive vice president, Markoff served as a visiting senior advisor in the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis Office of the Chancellor. As a senior advisor, Markoff worked primarily as the chancellor’s consultant for The Talent Alliance, a coalition of more than 30 community partners, including Butler University, Marian University, Franklin College, IUPUI, Ivy Tech, Martin University, the University of Indianapolis, and dozens of agencies and groups. Markoff provided ongoing leadership support for this initiative, whose goal is to create an infrastructure so that every student in Central Indiana is prepared to succeed academically: earning a high school diploma, enrolling in some form of postsecondary education, and then graduating and entering a career.

Markoff earned his master’s degree in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. He holds a doctorate from The University of Toledo.

Former chairs of the Board of Advisors are Kyle Salyers (2011–16), senior vice president at Health Catalyst; Jonathan R. West, executive vice president and CEO, Business Operations Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis (2008–11); Chad Priest, regional CEO of the Indiana Region of the American Red Cross (2006–08); and Marge Tarplee (deceased), a well-known community activist and former president of Central Publishers who served as longtime chair from the inception of the board in 1993 until 2006.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Markoff has agreed to lead the school’s Board of Advisors following our dynamic past chairs—Marge Tarplee, Chad Priest, Jonathan West and, most recently, Kyle Salyers,” said Robin P. Newhouse, School of Nursing dean and professor. “Dr. Markoff will bring a unique energy that will advance our goals while simultaneously engaging in new collaborative partnerships with our community. His leadership in partnership with the board members will be critical to advise our school as we set strategic goals over the next five years in the areas of academic excellence, innovative research, local and global partnerships, and advancing the health of Hoosiers and beyond.

“I also want to thank Kyle Salyers for his leadership over the last five years,” said Newhouse. “Faculty, staff and students are all grateful for his contributions.”

Members of the board are Brenda Cleary, John Dewey, Nancy Dickenson-Hazard, Mark Douglas, Anita J. Harden, Betsy Kovacik, Bambi McQuade-Jones, Laurie Peters, Kyle Salyers, Nancy Sharts-Hopko, Mary Tempel and Dr. Virginia Caine (ex officio).