IUPUC honors 2 women for leadership

Staff Reports

IUPUC recognized two women with leadership awards at the annual Circle of Leadership Celebration at Harrison Lake Country Club.

Jacqueline D. Franz was honored with the 2017 James G. Simms Leadership Award at ceremonies Thursday. Sharon Mangas was named the 2017 IUPUC Distinguished Alumnus.

The Simms award was established in honor of the late James G. Simms for his vision, perseverance and dedication to founding the IUPUC campus in the 1970s, and recognizes individuals who have given their time, talent and resources to advance IUPUC’s mission.

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Franz joined IUPUC in 1975, assisting then-director Emerson Gilbert in writing policy and procedures. During the tenure of Vice Chancellor and Dean Paul Bippen, she was responsible for recruiting all part-time faculty members. The Jacqueline D. Franz Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Teaching award is named in her honor.

She became an academic administrator and coordinated the faculty hiring process, serving as campus contact for department chairs and represented IUPUC on the IUPUI Academic Affairs Committee. She was an academic adviser to students majoring in education at IUPUC.

Franz left IUPUC in 1996 to serve as president of the Columbus Regional Hospital Foundation, but continues to support IUPUC by participating in the Business Advisory Board and as a member of the IUPUC Board of Advisers.

Mangas was honored as a distinguished alumnus who has demonstrated outstanding professional contributions and service to the community and university.

She graduated from IUPUC in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in general studies and was recommended by the late Harry McCawley, then associate editor of The Republic, as a writer for a community columnist project.

In addition to her work at the newspaper, she has worked for the Columbus Area Arts Council, Columbus Regional Health, Columbus Optical, Viewpoint Books and as a travel agent. She is a Leadership Bartholomew County graduate and volunteers with local schools, the Mother’s Morning Out co-op program at her church and recently led the planning committee for the 50th anniversary at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus.

Mangas has served as a board member of the IUPUC Alumni Association and as secretary-treasurer this past year.