KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke advances the role of a regional campus in economic development, with new leadership positions at the local and national level.
Sciame-Giesecke began a two-year term as chairperson of the board of directors for the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance (GKEDA) in January. Also, she was appointed to the national board of directors for the University Economic Development Association (UEDA).
“The role of a regional campus is to serve as a steward of place,” said Sciame-Giesecke. “As chairperson of the board at GKEDA, I can assist in moving our community forward. Serving with UEDA on the national level, I can promote the important role that universities can play in local and regional economic development efforts, and gain knowledge and best practices to bring back to our region.”
She noted that both opportunities coordinate well with Indiana University’s Bicentennial plan, Priority Seven: Building a Prosperous and Innovative Indiana and the campus strategic plan.
Charlie Sparks, GKEDA president and CEO, looks forward to benefitting from her leadership as chairperson.
“Sue has a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges we face as a community, and the skills to help us address those opportunities and challenges,” he said. “She led discussions that resulted in the creation of the Alliance, and has been an engaged participant and supporter of the organization since its inception.”
GKEDA is the primary economic development organization for Kokomo and Howard County.
UEDA represents higher education, private sector, and community economic development stakeholders. Its mission is to serve its members by advancing knowledge and practice in economic engagement by colleges and universities.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.